The Spanish selection has called on four additional players, pending possible other reinforcements, after Sergio Busquets tested positive for Covid-19. Contagion is to be feared, just a few days before the Euro (June 11-July 11).
La Roja is on alert. The Spanish selection undoubtedly fears much more unfortunate consequences than the mere loss of its captain Sergio Busquets, after the midfielder tested positive for Covid-19. The management seems to fear very clearly that Busquets could have contaminated teammates.
The Spanish Federation announced in a press release on Monday that it had called on four additional players, who are added to the rest of the workforce concerned by the preparation of the Euro (June 11-July 11), which begins this Friday. But the players in question will train in a parallel bubble, warns the Spanish Federation. They are Rodrigo Moreno (Leeds United), Pablo Fornals (West Ham United), Carlos Soler (Valencia CF) and Brais Méndez (RC Celta).
Enrique could appeal to the under-21s
“In addition, once the game against Lithuania is over (which Roja will not play, U21s replace her), a small group of players yet to be confirmed will join the training sessions of the national team, specifies the press release. They will practice at different times and will not be mixed with the called players in any way. “
At the time of the announcement of his list of players summoned for the Euro, Luis Enrique had mentioned the possibility of resorting to under-21s to fill a defection in the event of positive tests for Covid within his group. Roja coach Luis Enrique has until June 12, the day before the match, to make changes to his squad.
La Roja, placed in Group E, will challenge Sweden to start on Monday June 14th, before facing Poland on June 19 and Slovakia on the 23rd. Spain is not the first selection participating in the Euro to know such a mishap. The Netherlands have chosen to rule out goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen following his positive test.