Spain captain Sergio Busquets admitted it was difficult for him to stay optimistic when he tested positive for COVID-19 and had to leave the squad ahead of Euro 2020.
has recovered from COVID-19 and returned to the squad after a spell in isolation, hugging coach
and team-mates as he arrived back in camp.
Busquets tested positive on June 6 while preparing for the tournament at Spain's training camp in Madrid and was forced into quarantine.
However, he is now available to join the Spain squad at Euro 2020 after he tested negative for coronavirus, having missed their opening game of the tournament against Sweden.
Busquets said he was "very happy, on a high" to understand that he could rejoin the squad.
"The doctor called me, he told me, and at that moment you have a lot of feelings, such as that you don't believe it, concern about what might happen, whether it could be a false positive, many things,"
"The moment I got into an ambulance and turned for home, I went through everything. You try to be positive but in those moments it is almost impossible and you think about when you will be well, if you will be able to return, if you will get back on time.
"There are many unanswered questions that go through your head in a bad moment."
Busquets is set to feature in the tournament when Spain take on
next Wednesday in their final Group E game.
Speaking in a video released on the team's official Twitter page, Busquets said:
"I am very grateful, not only to teammates, but also to the president, the staff, the coach, the entire group that is in the bubble."
The 32-year-old said he had kept in constant contact with those in the Spain camp, adding they made it clear
"they were waiting for me with open arms".
"I have missed you so much, you don't know how much,"
he told his teammates
"Thank you very much for all the messages worrying about me, making me feel like I was here even though I was at home. I am very proud of all of you, of the first game, of everything you are doing here and that is the way, so there is a lot left and I'm sure everything will go well."