Spain’s captain Sergio Busquets tested positive for Covid-19 five days before the start of Euro 2020.

The Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) confirmed on Sunday that the Barcelona midfielder left his training camp in Las Rozas after a positive result in the final test round.

However, the rest of the team saw negative results two days after the 0-0 draw against Portugal in Madrid.

Spain will face Lithuania in their last pre-European warm-up match in Leganes on Tuesday, but they will now have to field players from their U21 side to meet strict health protocols.

Spain’s U21 coach Luis De La Fuente will also lead the team in place of the senior team’s head coach Luis Enrique, according to an RFEF statement.


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“The association’s medical service in the event of these characteristics took all necessary measures in accordance with the protocols established by the Ministry of Health and UEFA so that the footballer gave up concentrating in a medical vehicle,” the statement said.

“Both the staff and the close contacts of the player will remain isolated in the concentration of the national team for prevention and personalized training routines will be carried out while maintaining the isolation in order to continue the preparation for the European Championship.”

This week Scottish midfielder John Fleck and Dutch goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen both tested positive for Covid-19, which threatens their hopes of participating in their team’s first Euro 2020 games.

Spain will open the Euro 2020 group stage against Sweden on Monday 14 June and will also face Poland and Slovakia in Group E, with all games being played at the Estadio La Cartuja in Seville.