Sergio Busquets’ positive coronavirus test late last week raised fears the team would be shorthanded to enter the tournament
The Spanish national team will receive the first doses of the Covid-19 vaccine on Friday, as an epidemic in the ranks of Luis Enrique’s team led the players to adopt a treatment that some had already resisted.
Sergio Busquets tested positive for the coronavirus last week, raising concerns over whether some members of the squad would be forced out of the Euro 2020 opener against Sweden on Monday. At the very least, it forced them to train separately from each other over the past week, which disrupted Luis Enrique’s pre-competition schedule.
Although the vaccine will ultimately protect players from Covid, it will not reach full effectiveness right away, which means Spain is still unclear as Euro 2020 approaches.
What was said?
RFEF and the Spanish government issued a joint statement regarding the vaccine decision.
“The purpose of this vaccination is to make it easier for Spain to play Euro 2020 with all the guarantees of security,” the statement said, “in addition to allowing the national team to compete on an equal footing with the other participating teams already immunized.
“The vaccination will take place this Friday in the Ciudad del Futbol de Las Rozas by the armed forces and will begin at 10 am. The national team will be vaccinated by providing different vaccines depending on the situation of each member.
“In this way, the national team will end tomorrow with the complete vaccination schedule to preserve the health and safety of the Spanish delegation in an event of this magnitude, the request of the RFEF being treated in the face of such an exceptional situation, thanks the government of Spain. “
Spain’s next matches
Spain’s Euro 2020 group matches are scheduled for the following Monday, Saturday and Wednesday. They will face Sweden, Poland and Slovakia.