Real Madrid and Barcelona aren’t alone in having problems keeping COVID-19 under control this winter, with many of LaLiga Santander and Europe’s clubs having outbreaks due to the spread of the omicron variant.
Football is no stranger to outbreaks, with this being the sixth notable wave of the virus’ spread. MARCA has learned, though, that no games will be postponed other than in extreme circumstances.
Plenty of LaLiga Santander clubs have been hit, and we’ve looked at the situations facing each of them.
They haven’t had a positive case since December 8 and are one of the lucky sides.
Unai Simon and Inigo Martinez tested positive before the game against Real Betis, with Jokin Ezkieta and Alex Berenguer doing so before the Real Madrid game.
Diego Simeone has no COVID concerns.
The Catalans have problems. Dani Alves and Clement Lenglet join Jordi Alba out, as well as Alejandro Balde.
Manuel Pellegrini‘s side had six cases as of Monday.
The Andalusians are back to work and they have five players who tested positive, though Cadiz haven’t revealed their identities.
The Galicians had four positives confirmed on Monday, adding to the five confirmed on December 23. Some of those could return to face Betis with their isolation to end on December 31.
This is another club without any confirmed positives.
On Monday, Espanyol confirmed as many as seven cases, five of those being players and the others members of the coaching staff.
Getafe are another side without any positives.
Robert Moreno‘s side are COVID-19 free as of Tuesday, but tests will be carried out on Wednesday.
Tuesday saw Levante confirm that their December 27 tests returned five positive cases.
This is a club with a number of cases, as the Balearic Islanders have seven in their group, with four being first-team players.
They have close to a full squad fit to play Athletic Club on Monday, but Inigo Perez and Chimy Avila are positive.
As many as 12 positives were confirmed on December 21, which puts their impressive start to the season at serious risk. They have since announced that more positives have been detected and they’ll look to postpone their game against Atletico on January 2.
Marco Asensio has tested negative and Carlo Ancelotti might be able to welcome back the rest – Luka Modric, Marcelo, Rodrygo Goes, Gareth Bale, Andriy Lunin, David Alaba and Isco – as well.
As of Monday, La Real had 10 cases, all of which are isolated in their respective homes.
Having undergone tests on Tuesday, Sevilla‘s cases will be known later in the night.
Jose Bordalas‘ side return to training on Wednesday and will only then learn how many cases they have.
The side will get back to work under Unai Emery on Wednesday and will then undergo their PCR tests.