Spain’s Euro 2020 preparation was thrown into chaos after captain Sergio Busquets tested positive for Covid-19 on Sunday, eight days before their first match against Sweden in Seville.
Spain captain Sergio Busquets has tested positive for Covid-19 (AP Image)
- Spain captain Sergio Busquets has tested positive for Covid-19
- Spain’s first-team has been forced to pull out of warm-up friendly vs Lithuania
- Sergio Busquets has left the team camp after testing positive for Covid-19
Spain’s preparations for the Euro 2020 took a major hit after their captain Sergio Busquets tested positive for Covid-19 on Sunday, eight days before their first match at the continental event.
Busquets has already left team’s training camp but the first-team has been forced to pull out of Tuesday’s warm-up friendly against Lithuania.
Busquets will need to be in isolation for 10 days, and his participation in the European tournament is in doubt. The rest of the squad had tested negative but Busquets and his contacts would remain isolated.
Spain’s friendly against Lithuania will now be played by their under-21 squad, the statement said, with the federation offering refunds to those who had bought tickets and did not want to go and discounts to those who still wanted to attend.
Spain are slated to begin their Euro 2020 campaign against Sweden in Seville on June 14 before playing Group E fixtures against Poland on June 19 and Slovakia four days later.
The preparations of other national teams could potentially also be affected as Busquets played for Spain in the warm-up match against Portugal on Friday in Madrid. He exchanged a hug with Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo before the game at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium.
Further, tests will be repeated on nearly 50 members of the Spanish delegation in coming days. The Spanish federation said it will evaluate the next steps regarding the regarding midfielder.
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