Doubts has been thrown into Sweden’s Euro 2020 campaign after two of their players tested positive for Covid-19, just five days before their first game. Their opponents, Spain, have also recorded two positive cases in their squad and will be assessed before the tournament.
News broke earlier this week that Spain midfielder Sergio Busquets had tested positive for the virus, leaving all his teammates forced to quarantine. It was later revealed that centre-back Diego Llorente also tested positive.
Dejan Kulusevski was the first Sweden player to suffer the same fate, but the testing was done in time for the Scandinavian team to leave him in Stockholm before jetting off to Seville. According to Dagens Nyheter, Mathias Svanberg has now also tested positive for Covid-19, leaving the two nations first fixture of the tournament in real doubt.
Spain drafted in 10 debutants for their final warm-up game against Lithuania, calling up as many as 10 debutants into their starting line-up due to the crisis.
Sweden, who would’ve fancied their chances against Spain, now face an anxious week as they wait for further test results. A spread throughout the players and staff could put the tournament in doubt for the nation.
Victor Lindelöf, a mainstay in Janne Andersson’s squad, has tested negative but further tests will be rolled out ahead of next week.