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Euro 2020: Spain’s defender Diego Llorente is set to return to squad after negative Covid-19 test

Spain defender Diego Llorente is set to return to the squad’s Euro 2020 training camp after showing negative for Covid-19 in the last two round of tests. Llorente will undergo further tests and return to training with the squad on Friday if he remains negative.

Spain defender Diego Llorente

Spain defender Diego Llorente (Courtesy: Reuters)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Llorente may join squad on Friday if his further tests remains negative
  • Busquets is still asymptomatic and able to train at home and stay fit
  • Spain will lock horns with Sweeden in the opening match

Spain defender Diego Llorente is poised to return to the squad’s Euro 2020 training camp after showing negative for Covid-19 in the last two round of tests, the team said on Thursday.

The Leeds United defender will undergo further tests and return to training with the squad on Friday if he remains negative.

Spain’s preparations were thrown off after their captain Sergio Busquets tested positive last Sunday. Players who test positive must stay in isolation for at least 10 days, meaning Busquets would miss the opener against Sweden.

Spain coach Luis Enrique said that he will wait as long as it takes for Sergio Busquets after his positive Covid-19 test, ruling out replacing the midfielder even though he is due to miss the opening Euro 2020 game with Sweden.

I’m going to wait for him, we’re all going to wait for him. He has the advantage that he was the first player to test positive and there’s still time. I’m certain he’ll remain in the squad,” Luis Enrique told a news conference.

“Anyone who has watched football in the last 12 years can see what Busquets can contribute. Every time the ball passes through him our play improves, he’s one of the leaders of this team.”

“Busquets was still asymptomatic and able to train at home and stay fit,” he added.

Luis Enrique has called up a parallel squad to choose from in case anyone is ruled out but he said Busquets, the only surviving member of Spain’s 2010 World Cup winners, was worth waiting for.

Spain will begin their Euro 2020 campaign against Sweden in Seville on Monday.

Sweden have also been rocked by two players – Dejan Kulusevski and Mattias Svanberg – testing positive.Scotland, too, had a positive case ahead of the 24-team tournament, which begins on Friday.

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