Euro 2020: Spain squad to receive Covid-19 vaccine following Sergio Busquets' positive test

Spain squad in isolation in response to captain's positive test, with their first game of the tournament just six days away

Spain's under-21 squad attend a training session in Madrid ahead of a friendly against Lithuania. The U21s have stepped in to replace the senior squad, who are in isolation following the postivie Covid-19 test of captain Sergio Busquets on Sunday. EPA
Spain's under-21 squad attend a training session in Madrid ahead of a friendly against Lithuania. The U21s have stepped in to replace the senior squad, who are in isolation following the postivie Covid-19 test of captain Sergio Busquets on Sunday. EPA

The Spain squad will get a Covid-19 vaccine shot on Wednesday, less than a week before their opening Euro 2020 match, after captain Sergio Busquets tested positive, Sports Minister Jose Manuel Rodriguez Uribes said on Tuesday.

Busquets' positive test has thrown Spain's tournament preparations into chaos with the remaining 23 players going into isolation along with the coaching staff.

An Under-21 side led by their coach Luis de la Fuente will face Lithuania on Tuesday in what was supposed to be the nation's final warm-up game before the Euros.

Spain manager Luis Enrique called up a group of six players to complement the squad. They will train separately in a "parallel bubble" away from the main Euros squad with a view to them being added should the need occur.

So far, all the other players and staff have tested negative.

"We are making an exception because they represent us in a top level competition," Rodriguez Uribes told Cadena Ser radio station, adding that they were already planning to give them the shots before Spain's captain had tested positive.

Unlike other countries which have opened up vaccines to all adults, Spain is gradually working its way through age groups and is now focusing on people aged 50-59, with some regions making a start on 40-49 year olds. More than 23 per cent of Spanish population are already fully vaccinated.

Rodriguez Uribes said which vaccine the players would get has not been decided yet, so it is not clear when they would have immunisation.

Spain are due to play Sweden in their Group E opener on Monday.

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Published: June 8, 2021 01:58 PM

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