December 28, (THEWILL) – Jordi Alba has tested positive for COVID-19. The leftback must now self-isolate, making him unlikely to go to Mallorca for Barca’s next La Liga match on January 2.
The 32-year-old joins fellow fullback Dani Alves and centreback Clement Lenglet as the third Barcelona player and third defender to be sidelined by COVID-19.
The official statement from the club reads: “First-team player Jordi Alba has tested positive for COVID-19, ruling him out of Tuesday afternoon’s training session at Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper from 6pm CET.
“The player is in good health and self-isolating at home. The club has reported the case to the relevant authorities. He joins Clement Lenglet and Dani Alves on the sidelines, who also tested positive for COVID-19.”
Barca manager, Xavi Hernandez, must now ponder how to replace Alba in the side as he attempts to lift Barca out of seventh place and into the Champions League places, with Rayo Vallecano two points ahead of them in fourth.
Only Sergio Busquets, Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Memphis Depay, and Frenkie de Jong have played more minutes in all competitions than Alba.