Scottish midfielder to miss Euro 2020 final group game against Croatia after positive COVID test
Monday, June 21, 2021 1:00 PM BST
In a statement, he said Gilmour – who plays club football for Chelsea – will self-isolate for 10 days after testing positive and is now missing ScotlandHampden Park’s third game in Glasgow on Tuesday.
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According to Sky Sports News, no other player has been affected or identified as close contacts, meaning the rest of the Scottish squad will be available.
Gilmour won the man of the match award in Scotland draw against England at Wembley Friday – his full international debut.
England’s 26-man squad all returned negative COVID-19 tests and trained on Monday ahead of their final Group D game with the Czech Republic, the England FA confirmed.
The Scots must beat Croatia at Hampden Park to advance to the round of 16, in what is their first major tournament in 25 years.
Both sides are within one point after two matches, while England and the Czech Republic are four points ahead of their meeting at Wembley.
“The Scottish FA can confirm that a member of the Scottish national team, Billy Gilmour, has tested positive for COVID-19[female[feminine, said the SFA.
“Having liaised with Public Health England since the positive test was recorded, Billy will now self-isolate for 10 days and therefore miss tomorrow’s test. UEFA EURO 2020 Group D game against Croatia in Hampden. “
The other 25 members of the team trained normally on Monday.
Gilmour was due to start again against Croatia after his Wembley appearance, which would have placed him directly against Real Madrid midfielder maestro Luka Modric.
Scotland coach Steve Clarke, who will hold a press conference later, will now have to rethink his plans.
Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay, who has resumed a defensive role against England, is expected to return to his usual position by protecting all three defenders.
This is the second time COVID has forced Clarke into a team shuffle.
Ahead of Euro 2020, midfielder John Fleck tested positive and missed Scotland’s warm-up game against the Netherlands, along with six people who were in close contact with him.
And Spanish midfielder Sergio Busquets missed his country’s first two matches after testing positive for COVID-19 on the eve of the tournament.
The Barcelona star, who was named captain in the absence of Sergio Ramos, will return for Spain’s final group game against Poland.
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