Sweden is demanding that the Iberians respect the ten-day quarantine, but the match between the two national teams is set in a week. In the meantime, the controversy over the lack of vaccines for footballers mounts, while the government tries to run for cover
It will be a rather turbulent week that will accompany the Spain towards the official debut a Euro 2020. After positivity to Covid-19 by Sergio Busquetsin fact, the selection led by Luis Enrique plunged into chaos: the Sweden, against whom the debut match is scheduled for June 14, asks that the Iberians respect the 10 days of quarantine, while at home the controversy on lack of vaccinations for the players involved in the competition, even if the government is trying to fix it.
Busquets has returned to Barcelona, but in the Roja retreat there is concern: the captain has in fact spent the whole week with his team-mates and played an hour of the friendly against Portugal, before the positive test. The team is currently in solitary confinement in Las Rozas, the municipality on the outskirts of Madrid, home to the Spanish Football Federation, and is looking forward to the next few days. In Sweden they are asking the Spaniards to complete the 10-day quarantine to avoid possible infections, but the match is only scheduled between 7 and the Uefa protocols do not provide for postponements as long as there are 13 players (including a goalkeeper) available. In the meantime, the Under 21 team was quickly recalled for the friendly scheduled on Tuesday against Lithuania, already on vacation after being eliminated from the European category.
In Spain, meanwhile, there is controversy over vaccines: the Ministry of Health had in fact vaccination denied to the players called up for Euro 2020 despite the requests of the Federation, but is proceeding with injections for all Olympic athletes, including footballers. This has caused a lot of irritation in the top management of Spanish football, but the Busquets case has stirred the waters and the ball has now passed to the Public Health Commission, which has put the matter on the agenda and will discuss it on Tuesday. The ministry led by Carolina Darias, second The world, will soon approve the vaccination of players and staff with the Johnson & Johnson preparation.
To all this is added the fact that Luis Enrique has decided to call only 24 players instead of the 26 granted in derogation by Uefa, so as not to have to leave three in the stands at every game. The coach has already called up the Celta Vigo midfielder Brais Méndez, who will soon join the rest of the group for training and could take the place of Busquets. However, the former Roma and Barça coach will not be able to expand the squad to 26 like the other selections, having already presented the list. In short, the road to the start of the tournament is currently all uphill.
SPAIN, FOUR CALLED FOR TRAINING
Spain runs for cover after Sergio Busquets’ coronavirus positivity. “In anticipation of the possible consequences that Sergio Busquets’ positivity could bring, the coaching staff decided to incorporate a group of players into a parallel bubble to complete training in the coming days under the orders of Luis Enrique – reads the note of the Spanish Football Association – In this sense, players Rodrigo Moreno (Leeds United), Pablo Fornals (West Ham United), Carlos Soler (Valencia CF) and Brais Méndez (RC Celta) will join the sessions in Las Rozas tomorrow. once the match against Lithuania is over, a small group of players still to be confirmed will join the training sessions of the first team under the same conditions as the previous ones. They will train at different times and will not mix in any case with the squads. The players invited to the training sessions will remain out of the Ciudad del Fútbol bubble and will travel to Las Rozas daily after passing the relevant daily tests before lo ro arrival and during their stay. Their definitive inclusion in the Euro 2020 list will be evaluated on the basis of the results obtained in the coming days “.