Spain was one of the countries that have registered a COVID-19 positive case in their Euro 2020 squad. Their captain Sergio Busquets tested positive, which has been a wake-up call for every authority to have a detailed plan in place in case of an outbreak happens.
So Spain has now decided to have a parallel bubble squad in handy so that they can call up a player easily if any other player from the main squad test positive at any juncture of the tournament.
The Chelsea goalkeeper will join Rodrigo Moreno, Pablo Fornals, Carlos Soler, Brais Méndez and Raul Albiol to start training as part of the parallel bubble squad and would immediately join the Spanish national team for Euro 2020 if any need arises.
Read: Euro 2020 guidelines for COVID-19 outbreaks
Spain released an official statement:
“Chelsea FC footballer Kepa Arrizabalaga will join his teammates Rodrigo Moreno, Pablo Fornals, Carlos Soler, Brais Méndez and Raúl Albiol in the group of footballers to complete training sessions over the next few days within a parallel bubble, created in anticipation of the possible consequences that could lead to the positive of Sergio Busquets.”
“Kepa will land this afternoon in Madrid and will join training tomorrow. The rest of the players will start exercising today at 11:00 in Las Rozas under the command of Luis Enrique.”
“Born in the Biscayan town of Ondárroa 26 years ago, Kepa Arrizabalaga has been international with the Spanish National Team 11 times, winning the European Under-19 Championship with her and being continental runner-up in the Under-21 category. His last match to date with the Absolute dates from September 7, 2020 against Portugal in Lisbon.”
“The goalkeeper will remain outside the bubble of the Ciudad del Fútbol and will go daily to Las Rozas with his teammates after having passed the relevant daily tests before his arrival and during his stay.”