Atletico's Costa and Arias test positive for coronavirus

Atletico Madrid duo Diego Costa and Santiago Arias tested positive for coronavirus on Thursday and are in quarantine.

Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa and defender Santiago Arias tested positive for COVID-19.   -  Getty Images

Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa and defender Santiago Arias have tested positive for the coronavirus, the Spanish club said on Thursday.

The players are in quarantine and will not report for the team’s first day of training on Friday.

Most of the squad underwent their tests on Thursday, but Costa and Arias had tested positive while on vacation, the club said. They were not showing symptoms of COVID-19.

Atlştico Madrid will begin its season at the end of the month against Granada in the Spanish league. Its first two league matches were postponed because its season ended later as it participated in the Champions League quarterfinals.

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Mandanda withdraws from France squad

France goalkeeper Steve Mandanda has been withdrawn from the squad ahead of upcoming matches after testing positive for the coronavirus.

The whole squad and staff underwent a test on Wednesday afternoon and Mandanda’s result came back positive for Covid-19 following a second test to confirm it.

"Steve Mandanda therefore will not be able to take part in the game in Sweden and will leave the squad on Friday morning,” the French Football Federation said in a statement late on Thursday.

France plays Sweden in the Nations League on Saturday before facing Croatia at home on Tuesday.

The 35-year-old Mandanda is No. 2 to first-choice goalie Hugo Lloris, and has played 32 times for France. He made his international debut in 2008.

Midfielders Paul Pogba and Houssem Aouar tested positive for the virus last week and were replaced in the squad.

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