England handed boost as Sarina Wiegman RETURNS for quarter-final

England handed boost as Sarina Wiegman RETURNS ahead of the Lionesses’ crucial quarter-final against Spain tonight having recovered from Covid-19

  • Sarina Wiegman will be on the touchline during England’s quarter-final tonight
  • She was ruled out of the Lionesses’ 5-0 win over Northern Ireland due to Covid
  • But the Dutch manager has returned a negative test in time and will be back
  • England take on Spain in the quarter-final of Euro 2022 at 8.00pm in Brighton

Sarina Wiegman will be at England’s quarter-final with Spain this evening after recovering from Covid-19.

Wiegman tested positive on Friday and missed the Lionesses 5-0 victory over Northern Ireland but returned a negative test in time to be back on the touchline for tonight’s huge game.

A statement from the FA read: ‘England Head Coach Sarina Wiegman has tested negative for Covid.

Sarina Wiegman will return to the touchline against Spain for England’s quarter-final tonight

‘Wiegman will now return to all elements of her role and will take her place on the bench for tonight’s Quarter Final against Spain at the Brighton & Hove Community Stadium.’

Wiegman had looked bright when she spoke to the press remotely on Tuesday and had said she was hoping to be back in the dugout.

‘I’m good, I’m feeling well, actually ready to go, but still have to wait,’ Wiegman said at a virtual press conference on Tuesday.

‘I wasn’t [feeling] too bad, just a little temperature and a little coughing but not too bad.

Arjan Veurink took over against Northern Ireland as Wiegman was ruled out due to Covid-19

‘Of course I’m very hopeful [to be at the game] but we’ll see what happens, we do know if I can’t be there I’ll be around in another way.’

Reserve goalkeeper Hannah Hampton also returned a positive test yesterday but England have no plans to further increase the precautions, which they brought in following Wiegman’s positive test. Players are still allowed to visit public spaces but can only meet people who have tested negative.

Wiegman had watched training from a distance with a mask on and has also held virtual meetings.

The Lionesses are one of the favourites to win the tournament but must first get past Spain

But her presence at tonight’s game will give her players a huge boost, as Leah Williamson admitted on Tuesday.

‘It’ll be a massive, massive bonus for us [if Wiegman is present],’ she said. ‘Sarina’s experience and character speaks for itself, and she’s great at connecting with us.

‘Obviously it’s great to have her influence, and it’s not changed anything in terms of the information that she provides, but naturally having her around the team is a good thing as well.’

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