COVID DISTRUPTION: Spain hit by coronavirus ahead of EURO 2020
Leeds defender Diego Llorente has become the second player in the Spain Euro 2020 squad to test positive for COVID.
He has now returned to training following a negative test, but the early signs show a potential spread in the squad.
Sergio Busquets was the first COVID casualty for Spain after he returned a positive test earlier this week.
A standby list of players has been created in case the squad is decimated any further by the virus.
The Spanish football federation (RFEF) confirmed Llorente’s diagnosis on Wednesday, three days after the group went into isolation following captain Sergio Busquets’ positive test.
An RFEF statement read: “The RFEF regrets to announce that the central defender Diego Llorente has tested positive in the last PCR tests carried out this morning at the national team camp in Las Rozas.
“The player will tonight leave the national-team set-up in a medical vehicle, following all the established health protocols.
“The national squad will continue with all the work routines established in Covid-19 situations. Personalised training will be maintained to continue the preparation for the European Championship.”
Spain are the clear favourites in their group which also has Poland, Slovakia and Sweden in and will play their three group games in Seville.
However, on the EURO Exposition podcast, the team discussed how this COVID situation may detriment Spain in their chances of going through.
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