Barcelona see Covid cases double in just 24 hours as Ousmane Dembele, Umtiti and Gavi are stricken by virus

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The coronavirus has robbed the Catalan of several stars in Barcelona’s squad over the past 24 hours.

This morning, the club issued a statement saying that Usman Dembele, Samuel Umtiti and Gavi are now self-isolating after returning positive tests.

Ousmane Dembele is one of seven stars forced into self-isolation at Barcelona

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Ousmane Dembele is one of seven stars forced into self-isolation at Barcelonacredit: AFP

The Catalan said the players are in good health, but that now means seven members of the sports team have tested positive.

Recently, Dani Alves, Clement Lenglet, Jordi Alba and Alejandro Balde were forced to self-isolate after contracting the coronavirus.

Barcelona have serious concerns that the number could rise further ahead of their next LaLiga match.

Xavi’s team will play Real Mallorca on January 2.

Mallorca is also said to be suffering from a Covid outbreak – four players and three staff members are all testing positive during the winter break.

Boss Xavi already has to deal with multiple injuries, while Sergio Busquets has been suspended for the encounter.

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And it is unlikely he will be able to call on the services of the new £55million signing Ferran Torres.

The 21-year-old winger from Spain has already trained with his new club but hasn’t played since breaking his leg on international duty in October.

Their official unveiling is scheduled for 3 January, the day the club face Mallorca.

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