Covid scares Spain three days after the start of the Europeans, Monday against the Sweden. After the positivity of captain Sergio Busquets and Diego Llorente, the risk of an outbreak is high. Thus the Ct Luis Enrique had to run for cover by summoning 11 Under21 players, who arrived in the semifinals of the category tournament. A real bis team that will train in a “bubble” to deal with any other cases of coronavirus.
Brahim Diaz and Villar among the 11 called up
“The Spanish national team has decided that the eleven national teams initially called up for the match against Lithuania will remain at the disposal of the Spanish team,” the Spanish Football Association announced. The players called up are Alvaro Fernandez (Huesca), Oscar Mingueza (Barcelona), Marc Cucurella (Getafe), Bryan Gil (Sevilla), Juan Miranda (Betis), Gonzalo Villar (Rome), Alex Pozo (Eibar), Brahim Diaz (Milan) , Martin Zubimendi (Real Sociedad), Yeremy Pino (Villareal) and Javi Puado (Espanyol). Players who have already played against Lithuania, in a friendly, won 4-0. Luis Enrique was forced to give up the squad for the European Championship, placed in solitary confinement on Sunday.
He trains apart from the other “bubble” of 6 players
This group joins the other six reservists called up on Monday by coach Luis Enrique to compensate for any forfeits: Rodrigo Moreno (Leeds), Pablo Fornals (West Ham), Carlos Soler (Valencia), Brais Mendez (Celta Vigo), Raul Albiol (Villareal) and Kepa Arrizabalaga (Chelsea). A total of 17 reserve players will stay away from the other health bubble formed around the Spanish team. According to the rules, Luis Enrique has until Spain’s first match to make changes to his 26-player squad in the event of unavailability duly confirmed by UEFA. The Spanish team, which must be vaccinated on Wednesday according to the Spanish Minister of Sport, will begin its journey at the European Championships on Monday in Seville against Sweden.
Two positives also in Sweden
There are two positive players even among the opponents: Kulusevski e Svanberg. Among the measures decided are daily rapid tests, training sessions in smaller groups and in larger spaces, limited contacts and, if possible, only outdoors. Kulusevski and Svanberg, both Covid-positive players experienced mild symptoms and were placed in solitary confinement.