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Madrid (AP) — Spain’s major football tournament preparations have been hit hard for the third consecutive year.

Madrid (AP) — Spain’s major football tournament preparations were hit three times in a row shortly before the start of the match.

After having to overcome various challenges for the 2016 European Championship and the 2018 World Cup, La Roja will play in Euro 2020, potentially endangering the title opportunity COVID You need to deal with the fear of outbreaks of -19.

Captain Sergio Busquets tested positive for the coronavirus on Sunday, questioning his participation in the tournament. After starting a 10-day quarantine period away from the team’s training camp, he will already miss the team’s opening match with Sweden on June 14.

No one else on the team has tested positive since Sunday, but there was concern that more infections could be detected in the coming days as the test continues. On Monday, coach Luis Enrique convened four more players to start practicing at the team’s training camp in case replenishment was needed. The federation said others would be convened later in the week.

Players arriving on Tuesday are Rodrigo Moreno, Pablo Fornals, Carlos Soler and Brais Méndez. The federation said it had no contact with players previously elected to the European tournament.

Spain had not yet announced whether Busquets would be removed from the team, but his case had already had a major impact on the team’s readiness. According to the Royal Spanish Football Federation, practice sessions had to be modified to introduce personalized training routines to ensure adherence to health and safety protocols.

The team will also not be able to participate in the final warm-up match with Lithuania scheduled for Tuesday. Spain will appoint players under the age of 21 and their managers in the match in Madrid.

The national team players were not vaccinated against COVID-19, which caused some criticism, as was the case with Spanish athletes at the Tokyo Olympics.

Busquets started with Spain’s first warm-up match on Friday and drew 0-0 with Portugal in the Spanish capital. Spain will face Sweden in Group E, Poland on June 19th and Slovakia on June 23rd. All the games will take place in the southern Spanish city of Seville.

Luis Enrique will need to change teams by Saturday in case of injury or COVID-19. When releasing the list, the coach said he would use players under the age of 21 instead if necessary. He chose only 24 players instead of the 26 allowed for each national team. I don’t want to call players who are unlikely to be used in tournaments.

The Spaniards had an even bigger problem that had to be overcome three years ago. The local football federation had coach Julen Lopetegui appropriate for the federation authorities two days before the team’s World Cup opening. After getting a job at Real Madrid without any advice, he was fired.

The shooting confused the Spanish training camp, and sports director Fernando Hierro suddenly became coach. Spain was one of the leading candidates for the title with a series of good results under Lopetegui at the time, but only one of the three group matches won and eventually lost to Russia in Round 16. did.

The controversy before Euro 2016 also surfaced shortly before the tournament, and was named after starting goalkeeper David de Gea was involved in a survey of Spanish pornographic filmmakers. He quickly denied injustice and was finally completely cleared.

Director Vicente del Bosque at the time was also unavoidable at the press conference. Spain broke through the group stage but also lost to Italy in Round 16.

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