Leeds United defender Diego Llorente forced to leave Spain Euros camp after positive Covid-19 test

Leeds United's Diego Llorente has been forced to leave Spain's Euro 2020 camp after returning a positive Covid-19 test.

Wednesday, 9th June 2021, 7:20 am
POSITIVE TEST - Leeds United defender Diego Llorente has left the Spain Euros squad after a positive test for Covid-19. Pic: Getty

The Whites centre-half is the second of Luis Enrique's Spain players to test positive ahead of the tournament, following captain Sergio Busquets.

A statement from the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) confirmed he had left their Las Rozas camp.

"The RFEF regrets to announce that central defender Diego Llorente has tested positive in the latest PCR tests carried out this morning at the national team base at Las Rozas," said a spokesperson.

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"The footballer will leave tonight the concentration of the national team in a medicalised vehicle, following all the established health protocols."

Llorente ended the season in style with Leeds after a series of niggling injuries had disrupted his first Premier League campaign since last summer's move from Real Sociedad. His form in the latter part of the season cemented his place in the Spain squad.

His Leeds team-mate Rodrigo, who also suffered a stop-start season through injury and Covid-19 before finishing on a high with four goals in his last four games, was called up earlier this week to form a contingency group that is training in a parallel bubble under Enrique's orders.

The delayed European Championship gets underway on Friday.

Spain are due to begin the tournament with a game against Sweden in Seville on Monday afternoon, despite their entire squad being forced into isolation since Sunday.

Their final friendly game against Lithuania was played by the Under 21 side, who won 4-0.

First opponents Sweden have also announced a pair of positive tests, for Dejan Kulusevski and Mattias Svanberg.