After captain Sergio Busquets tested positive for Covid-19, Spain’s preparations for Euro 2020 have been thrown into disarray. With less than a week before their tournament opening, the remainder of the team, a 24-member unit, has been placed in isolation.
Following Busquets’ positive Covid-19 test, Spanish Sports Minister Jose Manuel Rodriguez said on Wednesday that the whole team would get a vaccination injection. All of the other players and staff members have tested negative thus far.
On Tuesday, an Under-21 team headed by Luis de la Fuente will play Lithuania in what was intended to be the country’s last warm-up game before the Euros.
To supplement the roster, coach Luis Enrique called up a group of six players, including Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga. They will practice separately from the main Euros team in a “parallel bubble,” with the possibility of being included if necessary.
All of the other players and staff members have tested negative thus far.
“We’re making an exception since they represent us in a high-level tournament,” Rodriguez Uribes said on the Cadena Ser radio station, adding that the shots had already been planned before Spain’s captain tested positive.
Unlike other nations that have made vaccinations available to all adults, Spain is working its way through the age categories and is presently focused on persons aged 50 to 59, with some areas starting with 40 to 49 year olds. More over 23% of the Spanish population has received all of their vaccinations.
According to Rodriguez Uribes, the vaccination that the football players would get has yet to be determined, thus it is unclear when they will be immunized.
On Monday, Spain will face Sweden in their Group E opening.