Real Madrid striker Benzema tests positive for Covid-19 ahead of new season

Real Madrid has revealed that star striker Karim Benzema has tested positive for Covid-19.

The France international, who was on Euro 2020 duty with his country earlier in the summer, is being prevented from forming part of the Blancos squad as they start work under new coach, Carlo Ancelotti.

The club say Benzema will play no part in pre-season training as he begins self-isolation.

A brief statement on the Blancos’ official website reads: “Real Madrid C. F. confirm that our player Karim Benzema has tested positive for Covid-19.”

”He will not be cleared to rejoin the rest of Ancelotti’s squad before a negative test has been posted.”

Benzema hit four goals for his country at EURO 2020 before dropping out in the last 16. He is one of the senior players at Real Madrid.