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Real Madrid duo will miss Valencia clash after testing positive for COVID-19

Real Madrid have confirmed that Eden Hazard and Casemiro won’t play any part in Sunday’s La Liga clash at Valencia after testing positive for COVID-19.

Los Blancos have had a good beginning to their league campaign and they are currently only one point behind leaders Real Sociedad with a game in hand.

Earlier this week, Eder Militao went into self-isolation after contracting the coronavirus and the club have now confirmed that both Hazard and Casemiro have also tested positive for the same.

None of the other players or coaching staff have produced a positive result and that should provide relief for manager Zinedine Zidane, who has had to cope with injuries to players from the start of the campaign.

Martin Odegaard has returned to the mix after missing four weeks of action due to a calf problem, but the likes of Dani Carvajal, Nacho Fernandez, Alvaro Odriozola are out injured.

Despite the setbacks, Los Blancos have travelled with a strong 20-man squad for the league meeting at Mestalla and they will be favourites to register their first win at the stadium in three attempts.

Meanwhile, on the personal point of view, Hazard will be distraught, considering he has contracted the virus just when he was finding his feet after a hamstring injury lay-off.

The Belgium international scored with a stunning 30-yard left-footed strike against Huesca last weekend and that ended his 392-day goal drought with the Spanish champions.

After just 144 minutes of first-team action, he is back on the sidelines and will be hoping to make a swift recovery such that he is available for the league clash at Villarreal after the international break.

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