Luis Enrique: "It would bother me not to be able to count on a player for the vaccine"

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The vaccination on Friday of the Spanish team is not guaranteed, according to the Spanish coach Luis Enrique Martínez, who pointed out the adverse effects to the practice of elite sport that it may have three days before the premiere in the Eurocup and the discomfort that it it would generate losing a player to Sweden.

Luis Enrique reaffirmed the version of the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF), which requested through its president, Luis Rubiales, to receive the vaccine “two months ago”. After the refusal that he said they accepted "willingly", he pointed to "negotiations" in the present without assuming that medical personnel from the Armed Forces will vaccinate the players this Friday.

"The president has been negotiating this for several months, things in the palace are going slowly," he lamented. “As a coach it is clear that we are considering the effects. If an agreement is reached, I would like them to be vaccinated as soon as possible because there may be symptoms and it would bother me a lot not to be able to count on a player due to a vaccine symptom. To this day we have no confirmation that we are going to be vaccinated, "he added.

The reason is because the Federation does not share the decision that they receive Pfizer, being two doses and taking 28 days to provide maximum immunization.

“It is an issue that is delegated to the most prepared people, who have the power to do it. Negotiations have started a long time ago, if a fantastic agreement is reached and if not, too ”, he said without ruling out that they will attend the European Championship without being vaccinated.

“It is in the hands of the president. I would have liked all the members of the team to have it now, but they are decisions that we accept and right now there is nothing official. I want the players to arrive in the best conditions ”, he added.

For Luis Enrique it is being a problem to receive late the results of the PCR tests that are done daily to the players and he has changed the schedule, bringing it forward to 8 in the morning, to be able to have them before lunch.

“On a personal level, it is not pleasant when you see that the results take a long time to arrive. The laboratories do it in the best possible way, but from today we will do the PCR at 8 o'clock, picking up the players very early to have results before training. We seek to be as well prepared as possible against adversity, "he said.

The coach chose not to respond to the words of Aina Vidal, congressional deputy for En Comu Podem, who on the vaccination of the internationals pointed out that there are "eleven men who tap a ball."

"Indifference is one of the best weapons," said Luis Enrique, who chose to focus on what they can "control" and said that they will accept "with great tranquility" the decisions made regarding the vaccine.

EFE

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