The two Swedish players have tested positive against Covid-19 and have hampered their selection decisions ahead of what they will open for Euro 2020 next week, the team announced on Tuesday. Dejan Kulusevski, who plays for Italian club Juventus, “will not be in a position to play against Spain, as he appears today,” Andersson said at a news conference on Tuesday evening. Team doctor Anders Valentin later said that midfielder Mattias Svanberg also tested positive. On Monday, Sweden will face rivals E in the Spanish group, as they find themselves in a similar situation after the withdrawal of team captain Sergio Busquets, who also gave himself a positive virus.
“We will not bring in anyone else to replace Dejan,” Andersson said, adding that he hopes Kulusevski will return soon.
The announcement will come as a result of the loss of Sweden’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who suffered a knee injury in mid-May and wanted to return to a major international tournament with his country.
Valentin said they believed Kulusevski had infected the virus sometime after the players returned from friendly matches against Armenia and Finland, both of whom were won by Sweden.
He said in recent days that the player has not been in contact with other players and that there is a “good chance of infecting anyone else”.
Hours later, Valentin confirmed that the second player had tested positive.
“When all the tests arrived we saw that Mattias Svanberg had taken a positive test. Mattias will not be training with the team and will not be isolated at the hotel,” Valentin said in a note, adding that the test will be re-examined. …
The group said Swedish health authorities would follow instructions to wait at least seven days, two of which should be asymptomatic, before allowing Kulusevski to return to his teammates.
Unlike Spanish opponents, the Swedish team will not be vaccinated, the team’s doctor said both are ineffective because it will take weeks for the vaccine to be effective and would be “morally questionable”.
“I think it’s good for the old and the sick to go first,” Valentin told the TT news agency.
After Spain, Sweden will 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.
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