Carlo Ancelotti tests positive for Covid a week before Chelsea first leg

Carlo Ancelotti has tested positive for Covid-19, Real Madrid announced on Wednesday, with the Italian likely to miss his his team’s La Liga match against Celta Vigo on Saturday. The 62-year-old’s side symptoms are “very light”, a Real Madrid source affirmed, with the club confident Ancelotti will be able to return on schedule for the following week’s Champions League quarter-final first leg against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Ancelotti will return when he stops showing symptoms. He was isolating at home on Wednesday to lessen the risk of further infections at the club, despite the fact that protocol in Spain no longer requires individuals who test positive to self-isolate.

Ancelotti is more likely to miss this weekend’s league game against Celta Vigo, with his child and assistant Davide ready to step in on the sideline.

Real Madrid’s trip to Vigo has taken on added importance ahead of the crunch match against Chelsea, after Madrid’s drubbing at the hands of Barcelona before the international break.