Euro 2020: Spain calls up six players after Busquets tests COVID-positive

Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga was the latest inclusion after Rodrigo Moreno (Leeds United), Pablo Fornals (West Ham), Carlos Soler (Valencia), Brais Méndez (Celta) and Raul Albiol (Villarreal) were added earlier.

Rodrigo Moreno of Leeds United is among the six players called up to the Spain training sessions (File Photo).   -  Getty Images

Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga was the sixth member added to Spain's Euro 2020 squad, in anticipation of the possible consequences after Sergio Busquets' positive coronavirus test,

Earlier, Spain had decided to incorporate five players to complete training in Rodrigo Moreno (Leeds United), Pablo Fornals (West Ham United), Carlos Soler (Valencia), Brais Mendez (Celta Vigo) and Raul Albiol (Villarreal), who will join the training sessions in Las Rozas on Tuesday.

Spain captain Sergio Busquets tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday, eight days before the team's first match at Euro 2020. The rest of the squad had tested negative but Busquets and his contacts will remain in isolation.

Spain's friendly against Lithuania will now be played by its under-21 squad, with the federation offering refunds to those who had bought tickets and did not want to go and discounts to those who still wanted to attend.

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"Once the warm-up game against Lithuania is over, a small group of footballers, yet to be confirmed, will join the training sessions of the senior team. They will train at different times and will not mix in any case with the summoned," said an RFEF statement.

Despite the option of naming a 26-man squad for the tournament, Spain head coach Enrique had named only a 24-man roster.

The players invited to the training sessions will remain outside the Ciudad del Futbol bubble and will go to Las Rozas after having passed the relevant daily tests before their arrival and during their stay. 

Spain begin its Euro 2020 campaign against Sweden in Seville on June 14 before playing Group E fixtures against Poland on June 19 and Slovakia four days later.

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