Kroos quarantined adds to real headaches ahead of Bilbao clash
Madrid, May 14 (EFE) .- Real Madrid will be without star midfielder Toni Kroos for Sunday’s crucial LaLiga game against Athletic Bilbao in San Mames.
The German midfielder is in quarantine after coming into direct contact with someone who tested positive for Covid-19, despite the player having tested negative, the club said in a statement on Friday.
Kroos’ absence is the latest setback for coach Zinedine Zidane, whose side are already missing captain Sergio Ramos, Lucas VÃ¡zquez, Dani Carvajal and Ferland Mendy with injury. Raphael Varane has also been missing in the last three matches due to a thigh problem.
The German missed Real on Thursday night against Granada, which the champions won 4-1 to keep the pressure on La Liga leaders Atletico de Madrid.
Los Blancos are facing a quick turnaround with a difficult trip to Bilbao, which beat them in the Super Cup earlier this season.
Zidane’s side need to bring three points back to the capital to stay within reach of the league leaders. Atletico are two points ahead and have an easier game with a home game against Osasuna before traveling to relegation-threatened Valladolid.
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The Real side, who arrived home in the wee hours of Friday after winning in Andalusia, trained this morning at the Valdebebas sports complex, with the top-choice field players doing some recovery work. EFE
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