Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone tests positive for Covid-19 during pre-season

Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone has tested positive for Covid-19 two weeks before the club's La Liga opener.

The Spanish side have a friendly against Cadiz on Tuesday before they face Granada on September 27th in the league.

But Simeone, 50, is now self-isolating after returning a positive Covid-19 test earlier this week.

The club have released a statement, confirming the Wanda Metropolitano chief is not showing any symptoms.

"This Friday new PCR tests were carried out on the whole group and the technician's has given a positive result. He is isolated at home fulfilling the corresponding quarantine," it read.

"The first team, coaching staff and auxiliary personnel underwent PCR tests on Friday as soon as they returned from the concentration in Los Angeles de San Rafael after detecting a positive in a member of the expedition in the previous tests carried out on Thursday.

"The analysis of these new samples in the laboratory has determined that our trainer, Diego Pablo Simeone, has given a positive result for Covid-19.

"Fortunately, our technician does not present any symptoms and is at his home isolated and fulfilling the corresponding quarantine after being concentrated with the team since last Monday."

Simeone is not the first Atletico member to test positive after Diego Costa and Santiago Arias also had the virus earlier this month.

The duo missed the start of pre-season but are back with the group after self-isolating.

Covid-19 cases appeared to be dropping across the continent but more and more countries are being locked down once more, with a number of high-profile football stars contracting the virus.

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Paul Pogba has been quarantining in recent weeks, while PSG lost three stars, including Neymar, after their Champions League final defeat.

Simeone will now self-isolate at home before returning to Madrid's camp before their opening clash.

The Spanish outfit finished third in La Liga last term, well off the pace behind Real Madrid and Barcelona.

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