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Mess for Ancelotti: the coronavirus leaves Real Madrid without a fixed starter for the Super Cup final

The coronavirus hit the man again Real Madrid precisely at the best time of the season. After eliminating FC Barcelona from the Spain Supercup, in Chamartín’s painting only happiness reigned. However, the COVID-19 has caused the decline of Daniel Carvajal for Sunday’s final against Athletic Club Bilbao. The Spanish defender has no longer participated in training this Friday morning at the Prince Faisal in Riyadh (Saudi Arabia). This has been announced by the thirteen-time European champion in a statement on his website.

For now, the player remains confined to the Hilton Riyahd, the Madrid team’s meeting place during this 2022 Spanish Super Cup, following the health measures dictated by the Saudi authorities.

In Madrid it is handled that Carvajal can remain in quarantine for about five days. In the event that the Saudi authorities do not allow the right back to return to Spain on Monday with the expedition, the leader of LaLiga Santander will not put any impediment, according to EFE.

Dani Carvajal will not play the Super Cup final due to coronavirus. (Photo: AFP)

For his part, David Alaba, who was absent at the last minute in the semi-finals against Barcelona due to hamstring discomfort, did not exercise at the Prince Faisal either and is a serious doubt for the final. Jesús Vallejo did not train either and he would not be on Sunday against the ‘lions’.

Instead, Vinícius Junior, Luka Modric, Éder Militao and Karim Benzema, the four players who finished the semi-final against Barcelona with some discomfort, trained without problems this Friday and will be available for the match against Athletic Club.

Before starting this Friday’s session, Carlo Ancelotti, wearing a mask, gave a brief talk to his players. Real Madrid is focused on winning the Super Cup.

The match between Real Madrid and Athletic Club will take place from 7:30 p.m. (Spanish time) at the King Abdullah Sports City in Jeddah. The broadcast will be in charge of the DIRECTV Sports and Movistar #Vamos channels.

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