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Diego Llorente second Spanish player to test positive for COVID-19 ahead of tournament

Spanish defender Diego Llorente has tested positive for the coronavirus, with the Spanish football federation president saying there are likely to be more COVID-19 cases in the squad after captain Sergio Busquets returned a positive test on Sunday.

The European Championships is set to kick off on June 11 at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome when Italy takes on Turkey.

The tournament is set to take place in 11 major cities across a month’s time in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic. The 16th edition of the Euros was postponed from 2020 after the virus outbreak in March last year led to a worldwide lockdown.

Llorente’s positive result was made public not long after Spain’s under-21 squad beat Lithuania 4-0 on Tuesday in Madrid in a match that was supposed to be played by the senior team as its final warm-up before “La Roja” opened its Euro 2020 campaign against Sweden on Monday in Seville.

Goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga and defender Raúl Albiol were expected to begin training in the separate bubble on Wednesday, joining Rodrigo Moreno, Pablo Fornals, Carlos Soler and Brais Méndez, who all arrived earlier in the week.

The RFEF also said that an as yet unspecified number of under-21 players who played against Lithuania would be asked to remain in Madrid to join the parallel bubble.

Spain faces Sweden, who on Tuesday recorded two positive COVID-19 cases, in their Euro 2020 Group E opener next Monday.