Real Madrid’s striker Mariano tests positive for COVID-19

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Mariano has scored 10 goals in 40 games in all competitions for Real Madrid, with the majority of his appearances coming as a substitute

Real Madrid striker Mariano has tested positive for COVID-19, the club said on Tuesday.

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A statement said the 26-year-old Spanish-born player was in “perfect health” and “complying with the sanitary isolation protocol at home”.

He was an unused substitute for Real’s last match – a 2-2 draw in La Liga away at Leganes on 19 July.

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Madrid play at Manchester City in the second leg of their last-16 Champions League tie on Friday, 7 August.

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Uefa, European football’s governing body, said it is “in contact with the club and monitoring both the situation and decisions of the relevant Spanish authorities”.

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It added: “We are confident that this case will not affect the regular staging of the match in question.”

City are monitoring the situation and are understood to be “mildly concerned”.

City hold a 2-1 lead after the Bernabeu first leg, which was played in February before the coronavirus pandemic caused the competition to be halted.

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Mariano has made seven appearances for Real in all competitions in 2020 and scored in a 2-0 win over Barcelona at the beginning of March, a result that helped Real become Spanish champions.

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