Euro 2020: Spain defender Diego Llorente tests negative days after positive COVID-19 test – Sports News, Firstpost

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The 27-year-old Leeds defender left the team’s training camp in Las Rozas, near Madrid, but could return on Friday if further tests confirm his negative result, the RFEF said.

Spain defender Diego Llorente (R) chases Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo (L) during an international match. AFP

Spain’s defender Diego Llorente has tested negative for COVID-19, the Spanish Football Association (RFEF) announced on Thursday, just days after a positive test raised fears of infection in the Spanish European Championship squad.

The announcement came when Spain was preparing to vaccinate its entire European Championship squad just before the start of the tournament, which runs from Friday to July 11th.

This means that Spain now only has one infected player, his captain Sergio Busquets, who tested positive on Sunday.

« The confirmatory PCR tests performed on Wednesday June 9th were negative … suggesting that (Llorente’s Tuesday result) was a false positive, » the RFEF said.

The 27-year-old Leeds defender left the team’s training camp in Las Rozas near Madrid but could return on Friday if further tests confirm his negative result, the RFEF said.

« The player will be back today and tomorrow subject to further PCR testing. If the results are confirmed as negative, Diego Llorente will train with the national team again on Friday afternoon, ”it said.

The entire squad tested negative on Wednesday and subjected to further testing on Thursday, with the results being released later that day.

The sudden decision to vaccinate the squad was made two days after Llorente’s diagnosis on Tuesday after Busquets, met.

« I will wait for him, I want him (in the team), we will all wait for him. »

Spain’s entire European Championship squad has been isolated in Las Rozas since Sunday, with the team’s management on Tuesday said it had set up a « parallel » squad of 17 reserves that may have to play if infections spread among the players.

The squad will be at the Las Rozas training camp on Friday morning « from 10am vaccinated by the Bundeswehr, « said a sports ministry spokesman for the AFP news agency.

Players will receive the first Pfizer vaccine in two doses, with the second dose « being given within the normal time frame … within a few weeks, » he said.

Spain will open their European Championship season on Monday and play against Sweden in Group E in the southern city of Seville.

They will also face Poland on June 19 and Slovakia four days later, both of them Games will also be played in Seville.

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