Catalan radio station RAC1 reported on Tuesday that in tests carried out by the Spanish Football League (LaLiga) at the beginning of May, five FC Barcelona players and two coaching staff members tested positive for the COVID-19.
The radio station, which has close ties to the club, did not name any of the players or staff who may have been infected but stresses that they have all overcome the virus and developed antibodies, Xinhua news agency reports.
The news comes the day after Spain’s football clubs were finally allowed to continue training with their full rosters as they put the finishing touches back into motion next week as the Liga Santander and Liga SmartBank (first and second divisions) return following a COVID-19 break of more than 3 months.
Barcelona is set to resume its attempt to defend the Spanish title against Real Mallorca on June 13 as LaLiga announced dates for the first two rounds of fixtures following the restart after a pause of more than two months due to the health crisis.
The season is set to return to action on June 11 with a local derby between Sevilla and Real Betis and there will be fixtures for the next seven days, with Barcelona hosting Leganes on June 16 and Real Madrid playing at home in Valencia on June 18.
All those who tested positive have recovered entirely. We gave promising results at the pandemic ‘s onset in the first examination of blood tests.