Ann-Marie Donelan
Ann-Marie Donelan

21.40 6 Jun 2021


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Spain Captain Sergio Busquets has tested positive for Covid-19, less than a week away from the start of the European Championship.

The Barcelona midfielder returned a positive test on Sunday evening while the rest of the squad tested negative.

The 32-year-old has been moved out of training HQ under medical supervision.

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Spain were due to play their final warm-up game before the Euros on Tuesday against Lithuania.

The Under-21s will now play the fixture under the guidance of coach Luis De la Fuente.

Luis Enrique’s side start their tournament on Monday June 14 against Sweden.

It's unknown yet if Busquets will be able to feature in that game.

The RFEF (Royal Spanish Football Federation) confirmed the positive test in a statement on their official website.

The statement in full read;

“The RFEF regrets to announce that its captain Sergio Busquets has given a positive result in the last PCR test that was carried out this morning at the concentration of the national team in Las Rozas.

"The rest of the members of the concentration have all tested negative.

“The Federation’s medical services have adopted all the necessary measures in a case of these characteristics in accordance with the protocols established by both the Ministry of Health and UEFA, so that the footballer has abandoned the concentration in a medicalized vehicle.

“Both the workers and the close contacts of the player will remain isolated for prevention in the concentration of the national team and personalized training routines will be activated, maintaining the isolation, to continue with the preparation of the Euros.”


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