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COVID-19 : Three Additional Barcelona Players Test Positive

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Barcelona announced Wednesday that forward Ousmane Dembele, defender Samuel Umtiti, and midfielder Gavi had all tested positive for COVID-19, raising the total number of infected first-team players to six.

“The players are in good health at home and are self-isolating. The cases have been submitted to the appropriate authorities,” the club said in a statement.

Jordi Alba, Clement Lenglent, and Dani Alves, all of whom tested positive this week, have now joined the list of players who have tested positive.

On Sunday, Barcelona, who are now in seventh place in La Liga, will go to Real Mallorca, who are currently in 15th place.

Several Spanish clubs, including Real Sociedad on Monday and Real Madrid in mid-December, have reported COVID cases, but no matches have yet been postponed.

A match is suspended if a team does not have at least 13 players, five of whom must be from the first team, according to La Liga and Spanish Football Federation rules.

This puts Sunday’s match between Atletico Madrid and Rayo Vallecano in jeopardy, as the latter team, according to press reports, has up to 17 diseased players, making it the hardest-hit team in the first division.
Real Sociedad has had ten players infected, Cadiz has had five, and RCD Mallorca has had four.