Real Madrid confirmed that new signing David Alaba tested positive for coronavirus.
Alaba, who has played in all of Austria’s Euro 2020 matches, agreed to join Madrid after his contract with Bayern Munich expired, where he had spent his entire career, winning 27 trophies.
The 29-year-old – who took Real’s number four shirt vacated by Sergio Ramos – was officially unveiled at the Santiago Bernabeu on 21 July.
However, his pre-season preparations were hit by a positive COVID-19 test.
Real Madrid revealed this in a short statement on their official website. They did not clarify whether Alaba was asymptomatic.
Alaba, who has signed a five-year contract with Los Blancos, is the second Real player to test positive in as many weeks, after Karim Benzema also contracted the virus.
With Madrid agreeing to sell Raphael Varane to Manchester United, Alaba is set to lead a new-look defense this season.
Carlo Ancelotti’s side were beaten 2-1 by Rangers in Sunday’s preseason friendly – Alaba didn’t take the field, but trained with the team.