LaLiga: Barcelona's Coutinho, Dest and Abde test positive for Covid-19

The Catalans has several 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.

FC Barcelona's Philippe Coutinho   -  REUTERS

Barcelona midfielder Philippe Coutinho, defender Sergino Dest and winger Ez Abde have tested positive for COVID-19, the LaLiga club said on Thursday.

The Catalans have been hit by several 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.

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"Footballers Sergino 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, which last played in the league in a 1-1 draw at Sevilla on December 21, is seventh on 28 points from 18 games.

Real Madrid is also dealing with a COVID-19 outbreak with Serbia forward Luka Jovic testing positive on Thursday, a day after Thibaut Courtois, Federico Valverde, Eduardo Camavinga, Vinicius Jr returned positive tests.

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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.

AP adds:

Real Madrid's Dest and Vinicius had posted photos on Instagram of their respective trips to Miami. They included court-side photos at a Miami Heat basketball game and pictures with star Jimmy Butler. Vinicius' account included one of him with Heat guard Tyler Herro. They all wore masks in the photos.

Premier League, Ligue 1 affected by COVID-19

In England, Saturday’s match between Leicester and Norwich in the Premier League was postponed because Norwich did not have the required numbers to play as a result of COVID-19 cases and injuries. It is the 17th match to be called off in the league in the past month.

French club Angers asked France's football league to postpone its home game against Saint-Etienne on January 9 because of a high number of coronavirus cases.

Angers said there were 19 confirmed cases among its squad of 30 players and that more than 10 will not be authorized to play again until January 10. Angers added that a further five staff members have the virus.

Angers had five players out with COVID-19 when it lost at Montpellier 4-1 on December 22 before the winter break.

Strasbourg said coach Julien Stephan has the virus but is showing no symptoms.

Meanwhile, Lyon midfielder Lucas Paqueta wrote on Instagram that he tested positive on vacation in Dubai and is isolating there.

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