LaLiga: Atletico Madrid forward Joao Felix tests positive for COVID-19
'Joao Felix has tested positive for COVID-19. The striker is isolating at home, in compliance with the health authorities' guidelines and La Liga protocols,' Atletico said in a statement.
Madrid: La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid suffered a blow on Wednesday when the club announced that forward Joao Felix had become the third player in two weeks to test positive for COVID-19 .
"Joao Felix has tested positive for COVID-19 . The striker is isolating at home, in compliance with the health authorities' guidelines and La Liga protocols," Atletico said in a statement.
— Atlético de Madrid (@atletienglish) February 3, 2021
The 21-year-old Portuguese player joins teammates Yannick Carrasco and Mario Hermoso, who tested positive for coronavirus last week, on the sidelines.
Neither Carrasco nor Hermoso were allowed to play in the 4-2 Liga victory against Cadiz on Sunday that gave Atletico a 10-point lead over second-placed Barcelona.
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Barcelona looked dead and buried a few weeks ago but this was their ninth win out of 10 in LaLiga, a surge that has put them back in contention.
Atletico Madrid failed to move eight points clear at the top of LaLiga with the draw.
Modric is joint third top scorer at the club and fifth for assists, even though by his own admission his contribution is never truly reflected by those measurements.