Leeds United centre-back Diego Llorente tests negative for coronavirus
Leeds United centre-back Diego Llorente has returned two negative coronavirus tests in a huge boost for Spain.
The defender was sent home after testing positive on Tuesday, and Spain manager Luis Enrique put some of the country’s under-21s stars on standby as a result.
🚨 COMUNICADO OFICIAL | Diego Llorente
La RFEF lamenta comunicar que el futbolista internacional Diego Llorente ha resultado positivo en los últimos test PCR realizados esta mañana en la concentración de la Selección en Las Rozas.
— Selección Española de Fútbol (@SeFutbol) June 8, 2021
However, Llorente is set to return to the camp tomorrow could feature when La Roja take on Sweden in their opening game of the European Championship on Monday night.
Spain took to Twitter to post this morning: “Diego Llorente: negative in the two PCR tests performed after leaving the concentration. The new tests carried out at the central would confirm that he is not infected. On Friday he could join training.”
🚨 OFICIAL | Diego Llorente, negativo en los dos test PCR realizados tras abandonar la concentración.
➡️Los nuevos análisis realizados al central confirmarían que no está infectado.
➡️El viernes podría incorporarse a los entrenamientos.
— Selección Española de Fútbol (@SeFutbol) June 10, 2021
Llorente and Barcelona ace Sergio Busquets both appeared to have missed out on the tournament initially, and having him available is also good news for Leeds.
The 27-year-old will be keen to test himself against some quality players in the tournament and help his country win the Euros in his first major competition with them, and returning to the squad would be a relief and huge boost.
The Spaniard joined Leeds from Real Sociedad last summer, featuring in just 15 Premier League games due to injuries.
Llorente has only played eight times for his country since making his debut in 2016, and the absence of Real Madrid’s skipper Sergio Ramos from the Euros squad has given him a huge chance to establish himself in the starting line-up.
The coronavirus threatened to deny him that chance, though, and he will now be looking forward to proving himself alongside some of the biggest players in the coming days.
Like most Leeds fans, we will be keeping an eye on the former Madrid man, and we cannot wait to see how he fares.
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