Real Madrid's Federico Valverde tests positive for the coronavirus

Real Madrid's Federico Valverde eyes the ball during the Champions League group B soccer match between Borussia Moenchengladbach and Real Madrid. (Martin Meissner/AP)

MADRID -- Real Madrid midfielder Federico Valverde has tested positive for the coronavirus, the club said on Wednesday.

Valverde was dropped from the squad that will play at Cadiz later Wednesday in the Spanish league.

Coach Zinedine Zidane was already without seven other players because of injuries and suspensions, including captain Sergio Ramos, who also tested positive for COVID-19 recently.

Central defender Raphael Varane has just recovered from the coronavirus and was expected to play in Cadiz.

Madrid is four points behind Spanish league leader Atletico Madrid.

Valverde is likely to miss Madrid's first leg against Chelsea in the Champions League semifinals next week.

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