Zinedine Zidane has tested positive for the coronavirus, Real Madrid announced in a press release this Friday, January 22.
“Real Madrid announces that our coach Zinédine Zidane has tested positive for Covid-19“, can we read on the Merengues press release.
The Frenchman, uncertain about his future at the Santiago Bernabeu since the elimination of his team in the Copa del Rey, will now enter a period of self-isolation.
The 49-year-old technician will be absent on Saturday during a meeting against Alaves within the framework of the 20th day of the Spanish championship. He will be replaced by his assistant David Bettoni, who will also take the place of the French coach at the pre-match press conference on Friday.
Zidane had already had to put himself in isolation at the beginning of January after having been in contact with a positive person. However, after two negative tests, Zidane took his place in the game against Osasuna.
The Blancos manager has become the latest in a long line of top Bernabeu officials to contract coronavirus.
Nacho Fernandez had to be absent from the midweek meeting with Alcoyano after posting a positive test. Luka Jovic, who left Real to resume a loan at Eintracht Frankfurt, is another to have tested positive this season.
Eden Hazard, Casemiro and Eder Militao have also had to quarantine themselves at various intervals as clubs around the world seek their way through a global pandemic.