Villarreal has announced that an individual with the club has tested positive for COVID-19. The case is asymptomatic and has been isolated at home in accordance with protocols. The Primera division was able to finish without any issues thanks in part to hard work on the part of the league and the clubs to follow health protocols and avoid passing the illness.
As we all know, the Segunda division was not nearly as fortunate, with Depor vs Fuenlabrada being delayed by a rash of cases after Fuenla broke protocols. In general, it seems as though the plans in place from La Liga work so long as everyone follows them. This will not, of course, prevent all positive tests but it should keep the team from being debilitated by positive tests.
The first team has now begun training in preparation for next season, meaning a very short vacation for all involved. The fatigue from the sprint to the finish of last season has probably not entirely worn off yet and it will be important that we have all our depth squared away by the time games start. With COVID-19 having such strong connections to the respiratory system, a player testing positive would mean they are unable to train for several days at minimum, so in addition to the scheduling implications and problems for the league it could cause a problematic cascade in the depth of the side.
As things stand, the biggest need remaining in the side is a CB. I’m a bit disconcerted from the lack of rumors on that front and COVID being ‘in the building’ as it were at Villarreal simply make me more concerned about the overall team situation.