By Mark Smith

7th Jun, 2021 | 6:45am

Leeds United star Diego Llorente in isolation after COVID-19 outbreak in Spain squad

Leeds United defender Diego Llorente has been forced into isolation only a matter of days before the start of the EUROs.

The Guardian has reported that the Spain international squad has been rocked with Barcelona superstar Sergio Busquets testing positive for the virus.

Despite none of the other 24 members of the squad testing positive, they will have to sit out and miss their final warm-up game against Lithuania.

This is the last thing that Luis Enrique needs.

Spain didn’t name a full 26-man squad, despite leaving out the likes of Rodrigo who was in brilliant form in the final month of the season.

Llorente would likely have started the clash with Lithuania tomorrow after only coming off the bench against Portugal, but instead, the under-21s will now compete in the game.

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Thankfully, the defender didn’t test positive for the virus and should be fine to feature if selected in the major tournament opener against Sweden on Monday.

Further tests are set to be carried out on the squad, with everything shut down in the Las Rozas HQ for the near future.

Bad timing.

The chance to impress Enrique one last time before the EUROs has been stripped from Llorente, who will now likely start on the bench.

It is likely that the Spain squad that started against Portugal will be very similar to the one that will be selected against Sweden next week.

Llorente must have been close to selection though, especially after his sparkling Premier League form, and one solid performance this week could have seen him given the nod.

There will other chances, and there still could be, with aftereffects unknown despite no one else testing positive other than Busquets.

This isn’t what you need days before a major tournament, but time will tell if it will hamper both Llorente and his country.

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