Spain squad forced to isolate as Busquets tests positive for coronavirus
According to reports, Spain’s squad has been forced into isolation after Barca midfielder Sergio Busquets tested positive for coronavirus. The midfielder tested positive on Sunday morning and the team had to cancel their final warm-up game against Lithuania which was set to hold on Tuesday.
The good news is that the rest of the squad tested negative but strict COVID-19 protocols set out by UEFA and Spanish Health Ministry guidelines must be adhered to, and this is why his teammates and the coaching staff will isolate.
Meanwhile, Busquets was moved out of the team’s training base and all activities at Las Rozas have been canceled due to the positive test.
No press conferences will be held and outsiders will not be allowed into the camp while group training sessions would be suspended for individual sessions. The game scheduled for Tuesday will be prosecuted by Spain’s U-21 team with Busquets likely to play no part in the first two games of Euro 2020.
Further tests will be carried out to ensure that any potential disastrous outbreak is curtailed just a week before their opening game of the tournament against Sweden.
Regardless, Luis Enrique can still make changes to his squad and call up more players as he named only 24 players.
The squads are capped at 26 by UEFA but the Spanish boss chose to trim his squad to ensure that the players who made the final list would play regularly. We wait to see if this can be achieved.
There are fears that other international sides may be affected as Spain tracks down close contacts of Busquets. They played against Portugal last Friday in Madrid and Busquets hugged Cristiano Ronaldo before the game.
Ahead of the tournament, Spain are favorites to emerge tops from their group and will be aiming to improve on their last outing in the competition.
They finished second in their group at Euro 2016 and couldn’t go further as they were eliminated by Italy in the last 16.
We’ll see if the controversial big calls by Enrique with regards to squad selection will end for good or worse.