Lisbon (AFP)

Portugal team defender Joao Cancelo has tested positive for Covid-19 and will be replaced for the Euro by international Under-21s Diogo Dalot in the squad of reigning European champions, the Portuguese Federation announced on Sunday. of football.

Poured into Pool F with France and Germany, Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal will compete against Hungary on Tuesday in Budapest.

Cancelo (27 caps), right-back Manchester City, was tipped for a starting place in a post where coach Fernando Santos had also called Nelson Semedo (18 caps), Wolverhampton side already passed by FC Barcelona.

Semedo will now be in competition with Dalot, defender of AC Milan who played in the final of the Euro Espoirs last Sunday against Germany (loss 1-0), but has no international match with the A team.

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Joao Cancelo carried out an antigenic test on Saturday which turned out positive and was immediately placed in isolation.

A PCR test carried out the same day and the result of which was known on Sunday confirmed its contagion.

"According to the Covid-19 protocol established by UEFA before the Euro-2020 matches, all players and management personnel carried out RT-PCR tests on Saturday. The results, with the exception of Joao Cancelo , were negative, "said the Portuguese federation in a statement.

Portugal had already detected a case of Covid-19 with Gonçalo Guedes, tested positive and placed in isolation on his arrival at the preparation course carried out by the Seleçao near Lisbon.

However, the Valencia striker was able to join the squad before leaving for his base camp in Hungary.

Portugal then played a friendly against Spain who two days later found captain Sergio Busquets to be positive.

The Barcelona midfielder has been sidelined from La Roja's squad but kept on coach Luis Enrique's list.

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