Major concern at Atletico Madrid as two members of Champions League travelling party test positive for Covid-19

Atletico Madrid have this evening released a statement, confirming that a pair of the club’s travelling party for their upcoming meeting with RB Leipzig have tested positive for Covid-19.

Atletico back in action

La Liga giants Atleti are set to get their European campaign back underway on Thursday evening.

In the 2nd of 4 Champions League quarter-finals ties, Diego Simeone’s men will take on German outfit RB Leipzig at the Estádio José Alvalade.

The Rojiblancos of course booked their spot in the Champions League’s final-8 courtesy of a stunning comeback victory over tournament holders Liverpool back in March.

Atletico Madrid’s Spanish midfielder Marcos Llorente celebrates scoring his team’s second goal during the UEFA Champions league Round of 16 second leg football match between Liverpool and Atletico Madrid at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on March 11, 2020. (Photo by Paul ELLIS / AFP) (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

As such, having already proven their mettle against the side viewed by many as the finest in Europe at this moment in time, Atletico are no doubt confident in their chances of going all the way in the Champions League this season.

The capital outfit also sit on what most consider to be the ‘easier’ side of the tournament’s draw, meaning, if they advance beyond Leipzig, Atleti are set to battle it out with one of PSG or Atalanta for a place in the final.

‘Two positives have appeared’

As outlined above, however, ahead of their fast-approaching meeting with Leipzig in 4 days’ time, Atletico have this evening announced some hugely concerning news.

In a post across the club’s social media platforms, the Colchoneros confirmed that two members of their travelling party set for the Champions League ‘bubble’ in Lisbon have returned positive tests for Covid-19.

It currently remains unclear whether the individuals in question come in the form of staff or players

For obvious reasons, this is the last news that either Atleti, or UEFA for that matter, would have wanted ahead of the Champions League’s quarter-final stage getting underway.

The key points from the Spanish giants’ statement are showcased below:

‘Yesterday, [on] Saturday 8 August, all members of the first team and the club’s traveling party [set to head] to Lisbon underwent PCR tests at the Ciudad Deportiva de Majadahonda as required by UEFA protocol, [in order] to participate in the quarterfinals of the Champions League’

‘Among the results known today, two positives have appeared. Both individuals are isolated in their respective homes, and their results were immediately communicated to the Spanish and Portuguese health authorities, UEFA, the Royal Spanish Football Federation, the Portuguese Federation and the Higher Sports Council.’

‘The corresponding action protocol foreseen for these cases has been activated, which requires new PCR tests to be carried out on the first team and members of the expedition to Lisbon and the closest contacts of the positive cases.’

‘These tests will result in changes to training schedules, and in the structure and development of travel and accommodation in the Portuguese capital.’

‘The club will coordinate the new schedules with UEFA and as soon as there is a new plan, it will be made public. We request the utmost respect for the preservation of the identity of the two positive cases.’

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This article was edited by Josh Barker.