Euro 2020: Setback for Luis Enrique’s Spain as defender Diego Llorente becomes 2nd player to test Covid-19 positive

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Coach Luis Enrique called up 11 players from Spain’s under-21 squad to bid separately from the main squad successful a parallel bubble. They volition articulation six different players who had already been called up aft skipper Sergio Busquets tested positive.

 Diego Llorente becomes 2nd  Spain subordinate    to trial  affirmative  for coronavirus

Diego Llorente becomes 2nd Spain subordinate to trial affirmative for coronavirus (Courtesy: Reuters)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Spain skipper Sergio Busquets had tested affirmative connected Sunday
  • Busquets, and llorente had near the team’s camp
  • Spain volition look Sweden successful their Euro 2020 Group E opener connected Monday

Five days earlier the Euro 2020 opener against Sweden, Luis Enrique’s Spain has deed a important setback arsenic defender Diego Llorente tested affirmative for Covid-19.

Coach Luis Enrique has expanded its parallel squad aft Llorente became the 2nd subordinate infected with coronavirus up of the European Championship. Enrique had called up 11 players from Spain’s under-21 squad to bid separately from the main squad successful a parallel bubble. Llorente and Busquests had to permission the team’s grooming camp.

Llorente’s affirmative effect was made nationalist not agelong aft Spain’s under-21 squad bushed Lithuania 4-0 connected Tuesday nighttime successful Madrid successful a lucifer that was expected to beryllium played by the elder squad arsenic its last warm-up earlier “La Roja” opens its Euro 2020 run against Sweden connected Monday successful Seville.

Players who trial affirmative volition enactment successful isolation for astatine slightest 10 days, meaning some Busquets and Llorente volition miss the opener against Sweden. It would besides beryllium improbable they would beryllium acceptable for Spain’s 2nd lucifer against Poland connected June 19. The team's last Group E lucifer volition beryllium against Slovakia connected June 23, besides successful Seville.

After Busquets’ affirmative test, Spain called up six elder players -- Kepa Arrizabalaga, Raul Albiol, Carlos Soler, Brais Mendez, Pablo Fornals and Rodrigo Moreno -- to signifier a parallel grooming bubble truthful they could beryllium called upon if needed.

Unlike different European countries which opened vaccination to each adults, Spain has kept a rigorous age-based calendar. Currently, radical successful the 50-59 and 40-49 property brackets are getting vaccines successful antithetic regions.

Sports Minister Jose Manuel Rodriguez Uribes said helium expected the players would beryllium vaccinated connected Wednesday.

Luis Enrique has until Saturday to marque changes to his archetypal database successful lawsuit of injuries oregon Covid-19 cases. He lone selected 24 players alternatively of the 26 allowed for each nationalist squad astatine Euro 2020, saying helium didn’t privation to telephone up excessively galore players who would not apt beryllium utilized astatine the tournament.

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