Joao Cancelo has tested positive for coronavirus before Portugal’s first game and will be replaced by Manchester United Diego Dalot.
Portugal defender Joao Cancelo has tested positive for corona virus before their first Euro 2020 game.
The Portuguese team is set to play their first match against Hungary on Thursday in Budapest.
The Manchester City defender as been placed on isolation by the coach Fernando Santos as they continue to prepare for the tournament.
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It has been confirmed that Manchester United right back Diego Dalot will replace Cancelo for Portugal Euro game.
Dalot spent last season on loan in the Serie A league with AC Milan and also represented Portugal at the just concluded under 21 European Championship.
Statement on Joao Cancelo.
A statement from the Portuguese Football Federation read: “The AC Milan player will replace Joao Cancelo, who tested positive for Covid-19 following a quick test of the antigen carried out this Saturday by the health and performance unit of the FPF.
“The Hungarian health authorities were immediately informed and the player – who is fine – was placed in isolation.
“The result of the test carried out by the health and performance unit was confirmed by an RT-PCR test carried out on Joao Cancelo also on Saturday and the result of which was known on Sunday morning.
“In accordance with the Covid-19 protocol defined by UEFA before the matches of Euro 2020, on Saturday all players and members of the entourage were subjected to RT-PCR tests.
“The results, with the exception of Joao Cancelo, were negative.
“The Hungarian health authorities have become aware of compliance with the protection procedures, fully respected according to the UEFA protocol, in a group that also has a high rate of vaccination coverage and have authorized the national team to respect the plan stipulated for the European Championship without any changes.”