Spanish footballer Sergio Busquets Burgos plays as a defensive midfielder for Barcelona and the Spain national team.
Spain’s preparations for the European Championship have been havoc after Sergio Busquets tested positive for Covid-19 on Sunday morning, forcing the entire squad to go into isolation and to pull out of their final warm-up game against Lithuania on Tuesday night.
Spanish Footballers are in quarantine
Although there is a ray of hope because all the other members of Spain’s 24-man squad tested negative, Covid protocols have been applied in accordance with Uefa and Spanish health ministry guidelines which mean all players and staff have to isolate within Spain’s Las Rozas HQ, with individual sessions replacing normal training.
Spanish footballer Sergio Busquets Burgos was removed from Las Rozas in medicalised transport.
Their friendly against Lithuania at Leganés’s Butarque Stadium on Tuesday night will be played by the under-21s instead.
All activity at Las Rozas has been cancelled with immediate effect, including press conferences and access to outsiders.
Spain’s first game at Euro 2020 is just eight days away, against Sweden in Seville on 14 June. Luis Enrique was the only national team manager not to fill all 26 available slots when he named the squad. Further tests will continue to be carried out.
“The RFEF(Royal Spanish Football Federation) 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.”