Soccer-Kroos tests positive for COVID-19, will miss Real title showdown


FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Champions League - Semi Final First Leg - Real Madrid v Chelsea - Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano, Madrid, Spain - April 27, 2021 Real Madrid's Toni Kroos during the warm up before the match REUTERS/Susana Vera/File Photo

(Reuters) - 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.

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

"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.

(Reporting by Alasdair Mackenzie; Editing by Ken Ferris)

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