EURO 2020: Spain develop parallel squad after second participant checks constructive for COVID-19

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Diego Llorente of Spain

Spain expanded its parallel squad on Wednesday after Diego Llorente turned the second participant contaminated with the coronavirus forward of the European Championship.

Coach Luis Enrique referred to as up 11 gamers from Spain’s under-21 squad to coach individually from the principle crew in a parallel bubble. They may be a part of six different gamers who had already been referred to as up after captain Sergio Busquets examined constructive and was put into isolation on Sunday. Llorente examined constructive on Tuesday and likewise needed to go away the crew’s coaching camp.

No different gamers have examined constructive thus far, the Spanish soccer federation mentioned. Llorente’s constructive outcome was made public not lengthy after Spain’s under-21 squad beat Lithuania Four-Zero on Tuesday evening in Madrid in a match that was presupposed to be performed by the senior crew as its remaining warm-up earlier than “La Roja” opens its Euro 2020 marketing campaign in opposition to Sweden on Monday in Seville.

All however one of many 20 gamers referred to as up for that match — Bryan Gil — had performed for the senior nationwide crew earlier than. The pleasant counted as a first-team match, with gamers getting caps and an official debut for coach Luis de la Fuente with the principle squad. The final time Spain had 10 gamers on debut for a senior worldwide was in 1941, in opposition to Portugal, after the crew had not performed since Spain’s Civil Struggle broke out in 1936.

The Spanish federation didn’t say whether or not Busquets or Llorente could be reduce from the squad.

Luis Enrique had earlier referred to as up six gamers to follow individually on the crew’s coaching camp: Kepa Arrizabalaga, defender Raúl Albiol, Rodrigo Moreno, Pablo Fornals, Carlos Soler and Brais Méndez.

Luis Enrique has till Saturday to make modifications to his preliminary listing in case of accidents or COVID-19 instances. He solely chosen 24 gamers as an alternative of the 26 allowed for every nationwide crew at Euro 2020, saying he didn’t need to name up too many gamers who would unlikely be used on the event.

Amongst these disregarded was veteran captain Sergio Ramos — a defender like Llorente — who had been sidelined for many of the second a part of the season due to accidents and a spell with COVID-19.

Gamers who take a look at constructive should keep in isolation for at the very least 10 days, which means each Busquets and Llorente will miss the opener in opposition to Sweden. It could even be unlikely they’d be match for Spain’s second match in opposition to Poland on June 19. The crew’s remaining Group E match might be in opposition to Slovakia on June 23, additionally in Seville.

Spanish media mentioned the nationwide crew gamers could possibly be vaccinated in opposition to COVID-19 within the coming days. There had been some criticism for the delay in getting gamers vaccinated, opposite to what occurred to the Spanish athletes competing on the Tokyo Olympics.

There was additionally criticism for presumably permitting the soccer gamers to be vaccinated earlier than different Spaniards who have been in line for the coronavirus vaccine.

Gamers in the principle squad will proceed to be examined day by day. They have been present process customized coaching routines observing COVID-19 protocols.

Two Sweden gamers additionally examined constructive for COVID-19 — Juventus winger Dejan Kulusevski and Bologna midfielder Mattias Svanberg.

The Euros start on Friday when Italy hosts Turkey.

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