Cancelo had traveled to Budapest with the squad as they prepared to face Hungary on Tuesday, but was the only member of the squad to return a positive Covid-19 test, meaning his tournament was over before he even had ‘have started. An official statement added: “The Hungarian health authorities were immediately informed and the player – who is doing well – has been placed in isolation. ”
News is tough for Cancelo, who scored an excellent goal in a warm-up game and had to build on what has been an impressive season under Pep Guardiola.
The replacement in the squad will be Manchester United outcast Diogo Dalot, the 22-year-old who spent last season on loan at AC Milan. Dalot appears to be in excess of demands at Old Trafford after failing to establish himself as a regular player for the squad, but had the opportunity to strengthen his country after recently representing them at the European Under-21 Championship years.
Dalot will bolster what remains a sizable Manchester contingent in the Portugal squad, with United talisman Bruno Fernandes joined by City players Ruben Dias and Bernardo Silva. Portugal are considered one of the teams to watch in the competition with so much talent in their starting XI, but find themselves in a tricky group; Germany and France complete their group.