Spain National football team is on high alert after cases of Covid-19 continue to surge in their camp ahead of the Euro 2020 tournament.
Diego Llorente is the latest Spain player to contract Covid-19 as confirmed by the Spanish FA.
As reported by Sky Sports News, Captain Sergio Busquets also contracted the virus last week; both players are set to miss Spain’s opening Euro 2020 fixture against Sweden – who has also had two players test positive – on Monday.
The Spanish FA (RFEF) said Llorente returned a positive test on Tuesday and was put into isolation, two days after captain Sergio Busquets had to leave the team’s training camp after also contracting the virus.
No other player had tested positive, the RFEF said.
Llorente’s positive result was made public not long after Spain’s U21 squad beat Lithuania 4-0 on Tuesday in Madrid in a match that was supposed to be played by the senior team as its final warm-up before the team’s opening Euro 2020 match against Sweden on Monday in Seville.
The RFEF did not say whether Busquets or Llorente would be cut from the squad, but coach Luis Enrique has already called up six players to practice separately at the team’s training camp.
Enrique has until Saturday to make changes to his initial list in case of injuries or Covid cases.
Goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga and defender Raul Albiol were expected to begin training in the separate bubble on Wednesday, joining Rodrigo Moreno, Pablo Fornals, Carlos Soler, and Brais Mendez, who all arrived earlier in the week.
Personalized training routines would continue for players in the main squad, observing Covid protocols, said the RFEF.
Players who test positive must stay in isolation for at least 10 days, meaning both Busquets and Llorente will miss the opener against Sweden. It would also be unlikely they would be fit for Spain’s second match against Poland on June 19.
The team’s final Group E match will be against Slovakia on June 23, also in Seville.
Spain’s sports minister Jose Manuel Rodriguez Uribes said on Tuesday that the squad will get a Covid vaccine on Wednesday, telling radio station Cadena Ser: “We are making an exception because they represent us in a top-level competition.”
SOURCE: SKY SPORTS NEWS