Spain confirm a 'negative' Covid-19 update on Leeds United defender Diego Llorente ahead of Euro 2020

Leeds United defender could rejoin Spain's Euro 2020 squad as early as tomorrow afternoon after returning a negative Covid-19 test yesterday.

Thursday, 10th June 2021, 11:25 am
Updated Thursday, 10th June 2021, 11:26 am
NEGATIVE RESULT - Diego Llorente's latest Covid-19 test came back negative, meaning he could yet make the Spain squad for their Euro 2020 opener. Pic: Getty

The Real Federación Española de Fútbol [RFEF] have confirmed that Llorente, who tested positive earlier in the week, is to be tested again today in the hope that a second negative result would allow him to take part in Friday's training sessions.

A spokesperson said: "The RFEF medical services, continuing with the monitoring protocols, maintain daily controls on infected players. In the case of Diego Llorente the confirmation PCR tests carried out on Wednesday, June 9, had a negative result.

"The counter analysis of the same test has confirmed the result in the last hours, so in the case of the central, there are serious indications that it is a false positive. In this sense, in accordance with health protocols, the player will again undergo PCR tests today Thursday and tomorrow Friday. If the negative result is confirmed, Diego Llorente will join the training sessions of the national team on Friday afternoon."

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Llorente, who fought back from a series of injuries to end his debut Premier League season on a high with some strong performances in Marcelo Bielsa's backline, seemed to have suffered yet another serious setback with the initial positive Covid-19 test, but will now be hopeful of featuring in Monday's Euro 2020 opener against Sweden.

His Leeds United team-mate Rodrigo has been training in a parallel bubble this week having been called up as a contingency measure along with a handful of other players.