Zinedine Zidane
Zinedine Zidane

Real Madrid coach and former French footballer Zinedine Zidane has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, the Spanish club confirmed on Friday. Zidane will now enter a period of self-isolation.

"Real Madrid CF announces that our coach Zinedine Zidane has tested positive for Covid-19," the club said in a statement.

Earlier this month, Zidane was isolating after a close contact tested positive for the virus. As a result, Zidane was missing from a training session.

The Blancos boss has become the latest in a long line of senior figures at the Bernabeu to contract coronavirus. Defender Nacho Fernandez had to sit out the midweek meeting with Alcoyano after posting a positive test.

On Thursday, Real faced a 2-1 defeat against third division side Alcoyano in the Copa del Rey.

The defending LaLiga champions are currently at the second spot with 37 points in 18 games. Atletico Madrid is at the top spot with 44 points in 17 games. Real Madrid forward Eden Hazard, midfielder Casemiro and defender Eder Militao also tested positive earlier this season.

Real will take on Alaves with Zidane's assistant David Bettoni taking charge in the LaLiga clash at Mendizorrotza Stadium on Sunday.

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