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    Barcelona trio test positive for Covid-19

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    Barcelona trio test positive for Covid-19: Barcelona to face selection crisis ahead of a match at Mallorca after three more players test positive 

    Barcelona midfielder Philippe Coutinho, defender Sergio Dest, and winger Ez Abde have tested positive for Covid-19, the LaLiga club said on Thursday.The Catalans have been hit by a number of Covid-19 cases in their squad, with Ousmane Dembele, Samuel Umtiti, and Gavi set to miss Sunday’s LaLiga trip to Real Mallorca after testing positive.

    Clement Lenglet, Dani Alves, Jordi Alba, and Alejandro Balde also returned positive tests this week.

    “Footballers Sergio Dest, Coutinho, and Ez Abde have tested positive for Covid-19. The players are in good health and self-isolating at home. The club has reported the cases to the relevant authorities,” Barcelona said in a statement

    Barca, who last played in the league in a 1-1 draw at Sevilla on Dec. 21, is seventh on 28 points from 18 games.

    Real Madrid is also dealing with a Covid-19 outbreak in their squad with Thibaut Courtois, Federico Valverde, Eduardo Camavinga, Vinicius Jr returning positive tests on Wednesday.

    Luka Modric, Rodrygo, Marco Asensio, Gareth Bale, Marcelo, Andriy Lunin, Isco, and David Alaba also tested positive earlier this month. Spain’s 14-day infection rate hit a new record of 1,360 cases per 100,000 people on Tuesday, rising from 1,206 cases the previous day and marking a five-fold increase since the beginning of December.

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