England Women’s head coach Sarina Wiegman does not believe that Covid absentees are the worst nightmare after she missed their last group game of Euro 2022 against Northern Ireland. England has been in sublime form in the tournament so far scoring 14 goals while conceding none. They face Spain in the quarter-finals who are without Alexia Putellas who underwent surgery on her knee.
“I’m good, feeling well and ready to go, but still have to wait. Of course, I’m very hopeful [to be at the game], but we’ll see what happens. We do know is if I can’t be there, I’ll be around in another way,” Sarina Wiegman says as she recovers from Covid. “It’s not the worst nightmare, it’s just the situation we have to deal with. Months ago, we looked at what we can expect, what could develop during the tournament, on and off this pitch, and this was one of them so we set everything in place. We have already practiced with me not being around, which we already practiced a little bit in our pre-camps. But I am around and still doing my job.”
“I’ve been involved in all of the training from a big distance with a mask on and make sure that I don’t get too close to people. You can observe closely and sometimes give a message to the technical staff, who have a workflow that’s so fluent that everyone knows what to do. We’re all connected anyway,” she added. “We just deal with the situation, it’s unfortunate and we don’t want this but no one ever wanted Covid, it’s something we have to deal with and we want to be agile and flexible. It’s a lot better when you do it live and together, but we’ve learned in the last three years that we can be efficient in different ways. That’s what we’re doing not, we’re adapting to the situation.”