Real striker Mariano tests positive ahead of City clash

Mariano Diaz has tested positive for coronavirus, casting doubt on his participation in Real Madrid’s Champions League tie at Manchester City on August 8.

Real said tests were conducted on the squad on Monday and though the 26-year-old Dominican international Diaz was in “perfect health”, he would be self-isolating at home.

Real, who trail City 2-1 from the first leg of their last-16 tie before the pandemic suspended the competition in March, are set to play the Premier League side in the second leg on August 8 at the Etihad.

The Spanish club announced via a statement: “After the Covid-19 tests carried out individually on our first-team yesterday by the Real Madrid Medical Services, our player Mariano has given a positive result.

“The player is in perfect health and complying with the sanitary isolation protocol at home.”

Mariano was a long shot to face City to begin with, having been a fringe player for Madrid this season. He has made only seven appearances this campaign, five of them as a substitute in LaLiga, and has not appeared in a Champions League matchday squad.

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