Sergio Busquets, the Spain captain has tested positive for COVID-19 less than a week before Euro 2020. Busquets has left the training camp after returning a positive test during the latest round of testing. Spain will now be without one of their most experienced players in the heart of midfield in Sergio Busquets. It could prove to be a big blow to the Euro 2008 winners. The Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) confirmed that the rest of the team all had negative results. Spain will be forced to use their U-21 players due to strict COVID-19 protocols. Luis De La Fuente, the U-21 manager will take charge instead of Luis Enrique.
“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 abandoned the concentration in a medical vehicle,” the statement read. “Both the employees and the close contacts of the player will remain isolated for prevention in the concentration of the National Team and personalized training routines will be undertaken, maintaining the isolation, to continue with the preparation of the Euros.”
Scotland midfielder John Fleck tested positive for COVID-19 a couple of days before while Jasper Cillessen also tested positive a week back. Spain is in Group E in Euro 2020 along with Sweden, Poland, and Slovakia. Their opening game will be on 14 June against Sweden.