Spain squad cleared of COVID-19 cases, set to vaccinate the team ahead of Euro 2020

The Spain national football team, its players and staff members, have returned negative COVID-19 ahead of their UEFA Euro 2020 opening game. La Roja is also expected to receive first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine following the recent outbreak of the infection among the first team, with captain Sergio Busquets tested positive along with defender Diego Llorente, who turned out to be negative. 

“The confirmation PCR tests carried out on Wednesday 9 June were negative… suggesting (Llorente’s result on Tuesday) was a false positive,” the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) said. No other players have tested positive so far, the Spanish football federation added. The sudden decision to vaccinate the squad was taken after Llorente’s diagnosis earlier this week, two days after Busquets.

“The purpose of this vaccination is to make it easier for Spain to play Euro 2020 with full security guarantees,” RFEF and Spanish government said in a joint statement, “in addition to allowing the national team to compete on equal terms with other participating teams that have already been immunized. The vaccination will take place this Friday in the Ciudad del Futbol of Las Rozas.

The Spanish federation and head coach Luis Enriquez did not say whether Busquets or Llorente would be cut from the squad. “Busquets will be on the list. For sure,” he said at a press conference. “I’m going to wait for him, I want him (on the team), we’re all going to wait for him.” Enrique has until the weekend to make changes to his initial Euro league final list in case of injuries or COVID-19 cases. 

It is learnt that Enrique has only named 24 players in his squad despite UEFA’s approval of a 26-man squad in each team. Enrique has already enlisted six more players to the training camp ahead of having to name his final squad. Since Sunday, Spain’s entire Euro squad has been in isolation, with their scheduled friendlies against Lithuania forced to pull out and deploy the Under-21 Spain squad instead. 

Spain are due to open their Euro campaign next week, playing Sweden in Group E in the southern city of Seville before playing Group E fixtures against Poland on June 19 and Slovakia four days later. Spain will head to their opening match with only 2 wins in their last 4 games this year, drawing 2 including the goalless friendly against current European Champions Portugal.

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