Cancelo withdraws from Portugal squad

Joao Cancelo has been replaced by Diogo Dalot in Portugal’s Euro 2020 squad after testing positive for Covid-19.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

“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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