The Spanish team is likely to have more COVID-19 cases ahead of Euro 2020, Spanish FA (RFEF) president Luis Rubiales said on Tuesday after captain Sergio Busquets tested positive. The team and coaching staff went into isolation shortly after Busquets tested positive on Sunday, 6th June. The team and their Under-21 coach intervened with Lithuania on Tuesday, 8th June, in a friendly match where they won 4-0.
Rubiales said, “Especially in critical times like now. We have one positive case, there may be more positive cases, maybe there will be. But here these players deserve respect, as are the badges on their shirts.”
After Busquets tested positive, Spain has called on six senior players – Kepa Arrizabalaga, Raul Albiol, Carlos Soler, Brais Mendez, Pablo Fornals, and Rodrigo Moreno – to form parallel training balls so that they can be invited for future matches of football tournament – European Championship if needed.
The RFEF also said that an as yet unspecified number of players under the age of 21 who played against Lithuania would be asked to stay in Madrid to join the parallel ball. Spain faces Sweden, which on Tuesday reported two positive cases of COVID-19 at the opening of next month’s E 2020 group.
Two players included in Sweden’s squad for the European Football Championship – Euro 2020 have been found infected with the coronavirus. The team gave this information three days before the start of the tournament. Juventus winger Dejan Kulusevski told the Swedish medical team about the symptoms associated with the disease, after which he was tested positive.
Kulusevski remained in Stockholm while the rest of the team moved to Gothenburg. Midfielder Mattias Svanberg, who played for Bologna before the first warm-up game in Gothenburg, went to the team’s doctor and was later tested positive, as per soccer updates.
Svanberg has been isolated at the team hotel itself. No other player has been included in the team in place of these two. Euro 2020 will start on Friday, June 11 in which the first match will be played between hosts Italy and Turkey.