Kepa Arrizabalaga added to Spain's emergency 'parallel' bubble

Kepa Arrizabalaga added to Spain’s emergency ‘parallel’ bubble for Euro 2020 after main squad were put into isolation following Sergio Busquets’ positive Covid-19 test – and Chelsea goalkeeper is joined by Leeds’ Rodrigo and West Ham’s Pablo Fornals

  • Spain are dividing their training group into two bubbles after Covid tests  
  • Kepa Arrizabalaga is the latest player to have joined the ‘parallel bubble’ 
  • Spain begin their Group E campaign against Sweden in Seville on 14 June
  • Rodrigo, Pablo Fornals and Sergio Busquets are also in the parallel bubble
  • Find out the latest Euro 2020 news including fixtures, live action and results here.

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 have taken steps to split the groups following Busquets’ positive Covid test over the weekend but the move is precautionary and at present, all players and staff have tested negative. 

Chelsea’s Kepa Arrizabalaga has been brought into Spain’s parallel training bubble 

Rodrigo (left) is another Premier League player to be put in the parallel training group 

Spain’s Sports Minister Jose Manuel Rodriguez Uribes told Cadena Ser radio station that the players will receive a Covid-19 vaccination on Wednesday. 

The players currently in the parallel group are being kept apart from their compatriots in the primary squad and will not stay at Spain’s Las Rozas training base. 

Luis Enrique will be able to call on them if there is an outbreak of Covid in the first-team group to supplement his resources.   

Busquets led the team in a friendly against Portugal on Friday in a 0-0 stalemate before returning a positive test. 

It has hampered preparations as the team were supposed to play Lithuania in a final friendly on Tuesday night. 

The game will still go ahead, but under-21s manager Luis De la Fuente will take charge and use players from his squad. 

Spain captain Sergio Busquets tested positive for coronavirus at the weekend

The Spanish FA released a statement, which read: ‘Once the game against Lithuania is over, a small group of footballers yet to be confirmed will join the training sessions of the senior team under the same conditions as the previous ones. They will train at different times and will not mix in any case with the summoned.

‘The players invited to the training sessions will remain outside the Ciudad del Fútbol bubble and will go daily to Las Rozas after having passed the relevant daily tests before their arrival and during their stay. 

‘Definitive incorporation to the Euro 2020 list will be evaluated based on the results obtained in the coming days.’

La Roja kick off their campaign against Sweden on June 14 before playing Poland on the 19th and Slovakia four days after that. 

West Ham’s Pablo Fornals is another player to have been included in the separate group 

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