Cancelo withdraws from Portugal squad

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Joao Cancelo has been replaced by Diogo Dalot in Portugal’s Euro 2020 squad after testing positive for Covid-19.

Cancelo was named in Fernando Santos’ final 26-man squad for the European Championships.

He helped Manchester City win a Premier League and Carabao Cup double in 2020-21.

The 27-year-old was expected to be one of Portugal’s key players at the summer tournament.

But he has been struck down with coronavirus ahead of their Group F opener against Hungary on Tuesday.

Cancelo confirmed out

The Portuguese Football Federation (FPF) have confirmed that Manchester United right-back Diogo Dalot will replace Cancelo.

Dalot took in a successful loan spell at Milan last term.

“Under-21 international Diogo Dalot will join the National Team’s delegation in Budapest to prepare for his debut at Euro 2020.”

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“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.”

“Result of the test carried out by USP was confirmed by an RT-PCR test carried out on Joao Cancelo.”

“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.”

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Cancelo’s quality and experience would have surely seen him make Santos’ starting XI against Hungary.

Dalot will now have to deal with a huge weight of expectation after being handed his maiden call-up to the Portugal senior squad.

Cancelo is now set to spend the next ten days in self-isolation.

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Herman Nnyanzi 'The Analyst' is a Ugandan multimedia sports journalist who started his career in 2017. He has a genuine strong love for sports and expertise, especially football. Contact me on +256704472629 or +256786403603

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