Sweden’s Euro 2020 team will face stricter measures after Covid tested positive for two players, wing star Dejan Kulusevski and midfielder Mattias Svanberg, both of whom said the Spanish team will miss what they will play against Spain on Wednesday. Although Kulusevski was ruled out on Tuesday, Svanberg’s second test on Wednesday confirmed that they will also have to sit out the match they will play in Seville on Monday. “Svanberg will not be able to play,” a spokesman for the group told AFP. Brentford defender Pontent Jansson left training on Wednesday morning after feeling “tired” but coach Janne Andersson said in a press conference that Covid was a negative test.
Other players tested on the same day also gave negative results.
“Now that two players have given a positive result, a meeting was held on Tuesday evening with medical teams and team coaches where different measures to limit the risk of spreading the infection were discussed,” the association said in a statement released late Tuesday.
The Swedish Squadron will undergo further daily antigen testing and PCR testing, and internal meetings will be held in smaller groups and in larger existing rooms.
If possible, time limits will be set for players who receive treatment with outside sessions.
With star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic injured a few weeks before the start of the tournament, he hopes to prevent the virus from spreading further when he is a few days away from his debut match.
Andersson hoped Juventus midfielder Kulusevski, who had previously had a Covid infection, would recover in time for the team’s second match on June 18 against Slovakia.
According to UEFA rules, if a team is partially placed in quarantine or in isolation, the match can go ahead if the team has at least 13 players including the goalkeeper.
UEFA can also change or relocate a match within 48 hours.
If none of these options are possible, the team responsible for canceling the match will be given a 3-0 defeat.
Sweden has no plans to include its players for the Euro.
“It’s not fair to get vaccinated before everyone else,” Andersson said on Tuesday about Sweden’s strategy to vaccinate people by age group.
“I think it’s good for the old and the sick to go first,” added team doctor Anders Valentin.
So far only two players are fully embedded, one has received the first dose and several others have antibodies.
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