Spain squad has been hit with yet another COVID-19 test as Diego Llorente has tested positive for Coronavirus. The Leeds United Defender tested positive for Covid following Sergio Busquets, the Spanish FA has confirmed.
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La RFEF lamenta comunicar que el futbolista internacional Diego Llorente ha resultado positivo en los últimos test PCR realizados esta mañana en la concentración de la Selección en Las Rozas.
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Spanish Captain Sergio Busquets was first to test positive for the virus after the 0-0 draw with Portugal. This news was a huge blow for the Spanish fans ahead of the Euro 2021 Tournament. Both Llorente and Busquets are set to isolate for 10 days which will rule them out of the country’s first two group fixtures against Sweden and Poland.
With that result, the Spanish U-21 squad stepped in to play the final warm-up game against Lithuania that was supposed to be played by the Spanish senior squad. The Spanish U-21 beat Lithuania 4-0.
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Luis de la Fuente's U21 players put on a dazzling display at Butarque, giving Luis Enrique plenty to think about in terms of future selection.
It's Spain's biggest win against Lithuania since a 5-0 margin in 1993.#LLL
— La Liga Lowdown 🧡🇪🇸⚽️ (@LaLigaLowdown) June 8, 2021
Spanish football federation president has said that there will be more COVID-19 cases in the squad. The Spanish FA has not said whether Busquets or Llorente would be cut from the squad. But coach Luis Enrique has already called up six players for the training.
Kepa Arrizabalaga, Raul Albiol, Carlos Soler, Brais Mendez, Pablo Fornals, and Rodrigo Moreno are the player called by coach Enrique so they could be called upon for the Euro tournament if needed. And also several under 21 players who played against Lithuania would be asked to remain in Madrid to join the bubble. While the senior squad will follow Covid safety protocols while training.
11 of the Spain U21 players that faced Lithuania will join the bubble training parallel to the first team.
Amongst the 11 are LaLiga regulars Marc Cucurella, Óscar Mingueza, Martín Zubimendi and Bryan Gil.
Those in the bubble could be called up to the first team.#LLL
— La Liga Lowdown 🧡🇪🇸⚽️ (@LaLigaLowdown) June 9, 2021
Along with Spanish players, two Swedish players also tested positive for Covid on Tuesday. Juventus winger Dejan Kulusevski and Bologna midfielder Mattias Svanberg were tested positive for Covid-19.