The selection of Spain set off the alarms a few days before the Eurocup for two cases of coronavirus: the measures they took for fear of an outbreak of infections.
Busquets and Llorente were isolated after testing positive, but the coach had to make some extraordinary decisions due to concern about the health team.
While at the beginning of this week Spain announced the reopening of foreign tourism with specific guidelines to comply with, understanding that the number of infections began to decrease in the country, the Spanish team is experiencing an alarming present as far as COVID-19 is concerned.
Two days after the draw against Portugal in the first friendly before the Eurocup, the most feared news for the squad was announced; one of their players (Sergio Busquets) tested positive for coronavirus. In addition to the individual concern for the Barça midfielder, there was also concern at the group level since the player would have shared training sessions and common spaces with his teammates.
"The confirmed contagion is from a single player, Busquets, but there are fears that it could have spread in the group," acknowledged the RFEF (Royal Spanish Football Federation) through a statement. A setback for which the entity decided to present a sub 21 team for its second friendly match against Lithuania to isolate the rest of the squad and coaching staff for prevention until the situation was clarified.
We are with a positive, more can come, that will likely happen," said Luis Rubiales, president of the RFEF, two days after what happened and after the victory of the young Spaniards against the Lithuanian team 4-0.
Some statements that were premonitory since the following day the same body announced that Diego Llorente, defender of the Spanish team, tested positive in the PCR tests to which he was subjected on Tuesday morning: "The RFEF regrets to announce that the central defender Diego Llorente has been positive in the last PRC tests carried out this morning in the concentration of the national team in Las Rozas."
If the positive of Busquets sowed fear within the squad, Llorente raised the nervousness in the absence of 5 days before the team's debut in the Eurocup, where Spain shares the group with Sweden, Poland, and Slovakia.
On the morning of this Wednesday, the group led by Luis Enrique carried out the corresponding PCR tests again, and the results are eagerly awaited to see how to continue, always respecting the safety protocols imposed by UEFA.
The new members of this unit will be the under-21s Álvaro Fernández, Óscar Mingueza, Marc Cucurella, Bryan Gil, Juan Miranda, Gonzalo Villar, Alejandro Pozo, Brahim Díaz, Martín Zubimendi, Yeremy Pino and Javi Puado .
This group of players will join the other six players called on Monday by Luis Enrique after finding out the positive from Busquets (Rodrigo Moreno, Pablo Fornals, Carlos Soler, Brais Méndez, Raúl Albiol and Kepa Arrizabalaga).
According to the note, these 17 players will stay away from the other health bubble formed around the Spanish team.
The Spanish National Team, whose players have not been vaccinated, will start their Eurocup tour against Sweden on Monday. They also identified two positive cases on Tuesday, including their promising winger Dejan Kulusevski.