Euro 2020: Big setback for Sweden, Kulusevski & Svanberg tests positive for COVID-19 – Sweden midfielder Dejan Kulusevski and Mattias Svanberg have tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss the opening game of Euro 2020 against Spain, the Swedish Football Association said on Tuesday.
Sweden left the Juventus player in Stockholm when they travelled to Gothenburg for the final part of their build-up to the tournament.
“This morning, Dejan Kulusevski informed the medical team that he had cold symptoms. Dejan was tested immediately and that test was positive,” team doctor Anders Valentin told the Swedish FA website.
“Dejan has since been kept in isolation from the rest of the group and did not travel with us to Gothenburg.”
Sweden head coach Janne Andersson said no reserve would be called up and hoped Kulusevski would be able to rejoin the squad after the Group E opener against Spain in Seville on Monday.
“It’s extremely unfortunate that it (the virus) got in (to our camp). It’s sad for Dejan and sad generally,” Andersson told a news conference. “It is impossible to get away from – it creates some concern, at the same time we are handling it as we should, and I have confidence in our doctors.”
Euro 2020: Big setback for Sweden, Kulusevski & Svanberg tests positive for COVID-19
The team’s doctor, Anders Valentin, added that midfielder Mattias Svanberg had also tested positive.
“When all the tests arrived we saw that Mattias Svanberg had gotten a positive test. Mattias won’t train with the team and is not being isolated at the hotel,” Valentin said in a statement, adding that the test would be re-analysed.
On Monday Sweden are due to face Group E rivals Spain, who find themselves in a similar situation following the withdrawal of team captain Sergio Busquets after he too tested positive for the virus.
Euro 2020: After Spain, Sweden is set to face Slovakia on June 18 and Poland on June 23 in Group E.
Before Spain and Sweden, the Netherlands also had to leave out goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen, who tested positive for Covid-19 last week.
Source: Reuters, AFP
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