“You have no idea how much I missed you,” Busquets said. “Thank you very much for all the messages expressing your concern. You made me feel like I was here even though I had to be at home for a few days. I’m very proud of all of you. We have a long road ahead of us but I’m certain that it will all be OK.”
Busquets said it was “almost impossible” to stay positive after hearing the news from the team doctors about his positive result.
“You start thinking if you are going to be OK, if you are going to be back in time,” Busquets said. “There were a lot of questions without answers going through my mind during a difficult moment.”
Spain opened its Euro 2020 campaign with a 0-0 draw against Sweden in Group E.
Diego Llorente also went into isolation because of the coronavirus but the defender has already rejoined the squad after health officials determined his test result was a false-positive.
Fears of a COVID-19 outbreak prompted Spain coach Luis Enrique to call up a parallel squad to train in a separate bubble in case there were more positive results within the team. Personalized practice routines had to be implemented and the team’s final warm-up match had to be played with under-21 players.
The entire squad was hastily vaccinated just days before Spain’s opening match against Sweden.
Busquets is the most experienced player in Spain’s squad. He is the only one left from the World Cup-winning team in 2010.