Luis Rubiales, president of the Spanish FA, admitted there could be more coronavirus cases to come
Diego Llorente has become the second Spanish player to test positive for Covid-19 in recent days as the start of Euro 2020 approaches.
Both results raised the specter of other positives ahead of Spain’s first game against Sweden on Monday.
What was said?
Luis Rubiales, president of the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF), said the Teledeportation ahead of Llorente’s result that “there will probably be more positives” in the Spanish camp.
After Rubiales’ comments, RFEF confirmed Llorente’s result, saying: “RFEF regret to announce that center-back Diego Llorente tested positive in the last PCR tests carried out this morning in the setup of the national team in Las Rozas.
“The player will leave the national team tonight in a medical vehicle, following all established health protocols.”
“A parallel bubble”
The Spanish players have been isolated since Busquets returned a positive test result, with five players called upon to train in a “parallel bubble” in which they will not mix with the rest of the team.
Rodrigo Moreno, Pablo Fornals, Carlos Soler, Brais Mendez and Raul Albiol have all been called in to help boost Spain’s depth.
With Spain’s senior players isolated, a team of Under-21 players have been called up to face Lithuania in a friendly on Tuesday. Even with a squad full of young people, Spain won the game 4-0.
Spain will face Sweden on Monday, with the Swedes also having confirmed two positive cases of Covid-19 in recent days: Dejan Kulusevski and Mattias Svanberg.