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Soccer-Barcelona’s Alba tests positive for COVID-19

Randy Mancini 2 December 28, 2021
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December 28, 2021

(Reuters) – Barcelona left back Jordi Alba is set to miss Sunday’s league trip to Real Mallorca after testing positive for COVID-19, the LaLiga club said on Tuesday.

The 32-year-old is the third Barca player to be infected during the Christmas period after defenders Clement Lenglet and Dani Alves returned positive tests on Monday.

“Jordi Alba has tested positive for COVID-19, ruling him out of Tuesday afternoon’s training session at Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper… the player is in good health and self-isolating at home,” the club said in a statement https://www.fcbarcelona.com/en/football/first-team/news/2430810/jordi-alba-tests-positive-for-covid-19.

Barca, who last played https://www.reuters.com/lifestyle/sports/sevilla-held-1-1-draw-by-much-improved-barcelona-2021-12-21 in the league against Sevilla on Dec. 21, are seventh in the standings with 28 points from 18 games.

(Reporting by Dhruv Munjal in Bengaluru, editing by Ed Osmond)