The La Liga club said in a statement on Friday that Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has tested positive for the coronavirus.
Following near contact, the French coach was isolated earlier this month and tested positive for COVID-19, and did not attend a training session as a result.
Zidane, who is under pressure following the loss of Real’s shock cup to third division side Alcoyano earlier this week, will not be available with his assistant David Bettoni set to take over for their La Liga match away at Alaves on Saturday.
True, seven points behind city rivals Atletico Madrid, who have a game in hand, are second in the league standings.
Earlier this season, Real Madrid forward Eden Hazard, midfielder Casemiro and defender Eder Militao tested positive as well.
Real Madrid assistant coach David Bettoni said the head coach of the club Zinedine Zidane on Friday is “in good spirits” but “a bit sad” not to be available for the giants of the Spanish La Liga having tested positive for Covid-19.
David Bettoni is the man who will take charge of Real Madrid during the La Liga clash with Alaves this weekend.
Since the beginning, Bettoni has been with Zidane, working as a utility man until 2017, when he received his official coaching qualifications.
Since 17, the pair have known each other and won three Champions League titles together know how the Frenchman enjoys working and they always confer together mid-game.
This is not going to be the first time Bettoni has played a game for Los Blancos. The last pre-season in Montreal, when Zidane returned home after his brother’s death, he led them.