Joao Cancelo has tested positive for the coronavirus and has been replaced by Diogo Dalot in Portugal’s squad for Euro 2020, the country’s FA has announced.
Cancelo, 27, is the second player to be pulled from a squad at this summer’s European Championship due to the virus. The news comes two days before Portugal’s Euro 2020 opener against Hungary in Budapest.
“Under-21 international Diogo Dalot will join the national team delegation in Budapest to prepare for his Euro 2020 debut. The AC Milan player will replace Joao Cancelo, who has tested positive for COVID- 19 following a rapid antigen test carried out this Saturday by the Health and Performance Unit of the FPF “, wrote the Portuguese federation in a statement.
“The Hungarian health authorities were immediately informed and the player, who is doing well, has been placed in isolation. The result of the test carried out by the USP 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 ”, she added.
Cancelo entered Euro 2020 following an impressive season in Manchester, making 43 appearances as Pep Guardiola’s side achieved a brace in the Premier League and Carabao Cup and reached the Champions League final. champions.
Meanwhile, his replacement Dalot spent last season on loan at AC Milan and was part of the Portuguese side beaten in the European Under-21 Championship final by Germany last week.