Manchester City star Joao Cancelo ruled out of Euro 2020 after the Portuguese full-back tests positive for Covid-19 and is replaced by Diogo Dalot who receives first senior call-up
- Portugal full-back Joao Cancelo tested positive for Covid-19 on Saturday
- The Manchester City star has now been ruled out of Euro 2020 after the test
- He has been replaced by Manchester United defender Diogo Dalot in the squad
Manchester City star Joao Cancelo has been ruled out of Euro 2020 after the Portuguese full-back tested positive for Covid-19.
Portugal who play their first match against Hungary on Tuesday, have been forced to drop the 27-year-old following his test on Monday.
It has been confirmed that Manchester United’s Diogo Dalot, who spent last season on loan at AC Milan, has been awarded a last minute call-up to replace the unfortunate Cancelo.
Joao Cancelo will miss Euro 2020 after he tested positive for Covid-19 on Saturday
He has been replaced by Diogo Dalot who recently featured for Portugal’s U21 side
A statement by the Portuguese Football Federation said: ‘Under-21 international Diogo Dalot will join the National Team’s delegation in Budapest to prepare for his debut at Euro 2020.
‘The AC Milan player will replace Joao Cancelo, who tested positive for Covid-19 following a rapid antigen test carried out this Saturday by the FPF Health and Performance Unit.
‘The Hungarian health authorities were immediately informed and the player – who is doing well – was placed in isolation. The result of the test carried out by USP was confirmed by an RT-PCR test carried out on Joao Cancelo also on Saturday and whose result was known on Sunday morning.
‘In accordance with the Covid-19 protocol defined by UEFA before the Euro 2020 matches, all players and members of the entourage underwent RT-PCR tests on Saturday. The results, with the exception of Joao Cancelo, were negative.
‘The Hungarian health authorities became aware of compliance with the protection procedures, fully respected according to the UEFA protocol, in a group that also has a high rate of vaccine coverage and authorised the National Team to comply with the stipulated plan for the European Championship without any changes.’
Since the news has broke Cancelo has taken to social media with the message: ‘Always firm and always strong because, while I’m here, I’ll fight for everything I want.’
It is a blow for Cancelo who has impressed for Portugal and Manchester City this past year
Cancelo was set to be a regular starter for Fernando Santos’ Portuguese side this summer.
The 27-year-old is coming off the back of a highly successful season with Premier League champions Manchester City and scored in their most recent 4-0 friendly win over Israel.
He will now spend the next 10 days in isolation, but with his disappointment comes a huge opportunity for Dalot who produced some good performances on loan at AC Milan.
It is the first time the 22-year-old has been called up to the senior squad and most recently played in the country’s U21 European Championship final defeat to Germany.