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Spain captain Sergio Busquets tests positive for COVID-19

Mon 07 June 2021 | 5:02

Spain captain Sergio Busquets has tested positive for COVID-19, eight days before their Euro 2020 opener against Sweden.

Spain

’s preparations for Euro 2020 have been hit by a big blow after

Barcelona

midfielder,

Sergio Busquets

, tested positive for Covid-19 on Sunday morning, forcing the entire squad to go into isolation.

The news was announced on Sunday by the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF), which said Tuesday's planned friendly against

Lithuania

would now see Spain field players from their U21 side to follow strict health protocols.

Spain U21 boss

Luis De La Fuente

will also take charge of the team instead of the senior team's head coach Luis Enrique, said a RFEF statement.

Luis Enrique

’s side start their European Championship campaign against Sweden on June 14 in Seville.

The RFEF's statement read:

"The RFEF regrets to announce that its captain Sergio Busquets has given a positive result in the last PCR test that was carried out this morning at the national team training camp in Las Rozas. The rest of the members of the camp have all tested negative.

"The federation's medical services have adopted all the necessary measures in a case of these characteristics in accordance with the protocols established by both the Ministry of Health and UEFA, so that the footballer has left the camp in a medical vehicle."

La Roja, placed in Group E, face 

Poland

on June 19 and

Slovakia

on June 23. Coach Luis Enrique has to make changes to his squad until June 13, the day before the match.

"The necessary sporting measures will be studied shortly depending on the evolution of the captain of the national team", adds the RFEF.


source: SportMob