Spain announce alternate Euro 2020 squad following COVID-19 outbreak – originally posted on Sportslens.com
Spain have added 17 players to a parallel training bubble following two COVID-19 cases in their main Euro 2020 squad.
The tournament begins on Friday, and Spain are set to play their opening game on Monday against Sweden.
However, they have been hit by a COVID-19 crisis, with midfielder Sergio Busquets and defender Diego Llorente testing positive for the virus.
La Furia Roja were already left short of players after manager Luis Enrique only brought 24 players from a possible 26.
The latest positive tests have thinned their squad further, and they will be wary of more positive tests.
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As a result, they have named an alternate squad consisting of 17 players who could be called up to the main squad before their opening game.
It is unclear whether Busquets and Llorente will be kept in the squad for the tournament.
They will miss both of Spain’s first two group stage fixtures and cannot train with the squad while they go through an isolation period.
Enrique’s men will be hoping to top the group. They begin against Sweden before clashes with Poland and Slovakia.
Spain’s alternate Euro 2020 squad
Goalkeepers: Kepa Arrizabalaga (Chelsea), Alvaro Fernandez (Huesca).
Defenders: Raul Albiol (Villarreal), Oscar Mingueza (Barcelona), Juan Miranda (Real Betis), Alejandro Pozo (Eibar).
Midfielders: Marc Cucurella (Getafe), Pablo Fornals (West Ham), Brais Mendez (Celta Vigo), Carlos Soler (Valencia), Brahim Diaz (AC Milan), Martin Zubimendi (Real Sociedad), Gonzalo Villar (Roma).
Forwards: Rodrigo Moreno (Leeds), Bryan Gil (Eibar), Yeremi Pino (Villarreal), Javi Puedo (Espanyol).