By Ben Browning
Published: June 6, 2021 10:01 pm
Last Updated: June 6, 2021 10:26 pm
Positive Covid-19 test five days ahead of Euros
Spain’s preparations for Euro 2020 have been thrown into chaos following a positive Covid test in their camp.
Defensive midfielder Sergio Busquets returned a positive test result on Sunday morning, a post on the national team website read.
Although they have since taken all measures to prevent it from spreading any further, it throws Busquets’, now Spain’s captain, participation in their opening match into severe doubt.
Moreover, anyone deemed to have been within close proximity to the Barcelona man may well be sweating on their own eligibility for the first group game against Sweden in eight days.
Luis Enrique’s side were due to play a second friendly match against Lithuania on Tuesday evening. However, this will now be played by their under 21 side, who were knocked out in the semi-final stage of their European Championships.
The Spanish federation have also agreed to refund match-goers completely if they decide not to go, or by 20% if they decide to watch the U21 side anyway.
The full statement reads:
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 concentration of the national team in Las Rozas. The rest of the members of the concentration 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 abandoned the concentration in a medicalized vehicle.
Both the workers 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 activated, maintaining the isolation, to continue with the preparation of the European.