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Toni Kroos tests positive for Covid-19, will miss Real title showdown

FILE - Real Madrid's German midfielder Toni Kroos. Photo: Jorge Guerrero/AFP

FILE - Real Madrid's German midfielder Toni Kroos. Photo: Jorge Guerrero/AFP

Published May 17, 2021


MADRID – Title-chasing Real Madrid will be without midfielder Toni Kroos for their must-win match against Villarreal on the final day of the Liga season after the German tested positive for Covid-19.

The club announced that Kroos returned a positive test on Monday, having missed Sunday's win at Athletic Club after coming into direct contact with someone who contracted the virus.

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"Real Madrid C. F. announces that our player, Toni Kroos, tested positive in the Covid-19 test he underwent today," read a club statement.

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"Kroos has been in isolation since Friday May 14 after having come into direct contact with someone who tested positive for Covid-19."

Real Madrid are second in the standings, two points behind leaders Atletico Madrid, ahead of their decisive final game at home to seventh-placed Villarreal on Saturday.

Atleti travel to relegation-battling Real Valladolid at the same time, knowing a win would guarantee their first league crown since 2013-14.

Kroos has been a key member of Zinedine Zidane’s Real squad this term, scoring three goals in 42 games in all competitions.

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