Zidane WILL make Osasuna trip after 'returning second negative test'
Zinedine Zidane WILL be on the touchline for Real Madrid trip to Osasuna as he ‘returns second negative coronavirus test’ after being in close contact with someone who had tested positive
- Reports on Thursday suggested Zinedine Zidane would miss the Osasuna trip
- The Frenchman had been in contact with someone who had tested positive
- But now LaLiga have given the Real Madrid boss the all-clear to participate again
- The latest threat to the game is the snow brought about by Storm Filomena
Zinedine Zidane has been given the all-clear by LaLiga to take Real Madrid training and travel with his squad to Osasuna at the weekend after testing negative for coronavirus for a second time, according to reports in Spain.
Reports on Thursday suggested the Frenchman may miss the trip to Pamplona on Saturday after coming into close contact with someone who had tested positive for Covid-19.
The former midfielder did return a negative for antigens on Thursday but was still waiting for the results of the PCR which would determine whether or not he could be on the touchline for the forthcoming week of action.
Zinedine Zidane will be on the touchline for Real Madrid’s game at Osasuna after returning a second negative coronavirus test
Zidane did not take team training on Thursday after he came into contact with a positive case
But now reports from MARCA and La Sexta claim the PCR test result also came back negative and means Zidane will be able to take Madrid’s final training session later on Friday afternoon after giving his press conference before travelling up north.
Reports on Thursday claimed LaLiga protocols dictate that even those who have a negative test must wait a further three days to then undergo a new PCR test which must once again return a negative result, but it appears this is not the case with Zidane.
And while the Frenchman’s presence now appears certain, the latest threat to the game is the snow that has fallen in Madrid and in northern Spain due to Storm Filomena.
Snow fell heaviest in the northern and central parts of Spain on Thursday, and with more forecast, Madrid and Osasuna must play a waiting game to see if the game can take place on Saturday at its scheduled kick-off of 8pm UK time (9pm CET) or be postponed until Sunday for an 11am UK time (12pm CET) start.
But he has now been given the all-clear by LaLiga to travel with his squad to face Osasuna
The latest threat to the game however is the snow that fell in Madrid and northern Spain
Los Blancos may also be forced to complete their final training session using their indoor facilities due to the adverse weather conditions.
The current Spanish champions face a crucial week in their season as they look to keep in touch with LaLiga leaders Atletico Madrid, who have a two-point advantage and have played two games fewer.
Madrid’s attention will then turn to their defence of the Spanish Super Cup when they take on Athletic Bilbao in the semi-finals.
Zidane saw his men beat Valencia at the same stage last year before defeating Diego Simeone’s side in the final on penalties in Saudi Arabia.
Madrid face a crucial week as they then begin their Spanish Super Cup defence on Thursday
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