Kepa Arrizabalaga added to Spain’s emergency ‘parallel’ Euro 2020 bubble after main team placed in isolation following Sergio Busquets positive Covid-19 test – and Chelsea goalkeeper is joined by Leeds’ Rodrigo and West Ham’s Pablo Fornals
Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga is the latest player to be added to Spain’s emergency training bubble for Euro 2020.
The stopper has joined Sergio Busquets, Rodrigo of Leeds, Pablo Fornals of West Ham, Carlos Soler, Brais Mendez and Raul Albiol in the parallel training group away from the main squad.
Spain has taken steps to split the groups following Busquets’ positive Covid test over the weekend, but the move is a precautionary measure and at the moment all players and staff have tested negative.
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Chelsea’s Kepa Arrizabalaga has been brought into Spain’s parallel training bubble
Rodrigo (left) is another Premier League player to be placed in the parallel training group
Spanish Sports Minister Jose Manuel Rodriguez Uribes said: Ser string radio station that the players will receive a Covid-19 vaccination on Wednesday.
The players currently in the parallel group will be kept separate from their compatriots in the primary roster and will not remain at the Spanish training base Las Rozas.
Luis Enrique will be able to call on them if there is an outbreak of Covid in the first team group to replenish his resources.
Busquets led the team in a friendly against Portugal on Friday – a 0-0 stalemate – before returning a positive test.
It hampered the preparations as the team was scheduled to play against Lithuania in a friendly final on Tuesday-evening.
The match is still going on, but under-21 manager Luis De la Fuente will take charge and use players from his roster.
Spanish captain Sergio Busquets tested positive for coronavirus last weekend
The Spanish FA issued a statement saying: “Once the match against Lithuania is over, a small group of footballers to be confirmed will participate in the senior team’s training sessions under the same conditions as the previous ones. They will train at different times and in any case will not mingle with the summoned.
“The players invited to the training sessions will remain outside the Ciudad del Fútbol bubble and will go to Las Rozas daily after passing the relevant daily tests before their arrival and during their stay.
‘Definitive inclusion on the Euro 2020 list will be evaluated in the coming days based on the results achieved.’
La Roja kicks off their campaign against Sweden on June 14 before playing against Poland on June 19 and Slovakia four days after that.
West Ham’s Pablo Fornals is another player included in the separate group