Scotland midfielder John Fleck tests positive for coronavirus on eve of Netherlands friendly and will miss Euro 2020 warm-up game

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Scotland midfielder John Fleck has tested positive for COVID-19 less than two weeks before Euro 2020 starts.

He tested positive while in Spain for a training camp with the rest of Steve Clarke’s squad, the Scottish Football Association announced.

Fleck has been capped four times by Scotland

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Fleck has been capped four times by Scotland

The Sheffield United player has been ruled out of Wednesday’s friendly against Holland in Portugal as a result.

Fleck will now follow Spanish coronavirus rules and self-isolate at the Scots’ training base in La Finca.

An SFA statement read: “John Fleck has tested positive for COVID-19 at the Scotland National Team basecamp in La Finca.

“As a result, he will self-isolate as per Spanish Government guidelines and therefore not fly to Portugal for tomorrow’s match against Netherlands.

“The rest of the squad was retested for COVID-19 and returned negative results today.”

Steve Clarke’s preparations for Euro 2020 took a blow with Fleck testing positive for COVID-19

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Steve Clarke’s preparations for Euro 2020 took a blow with Fleck testing positive for COVID-19

Scotland are in Spain for the first part of their build-up to Euro 2020 – their first major tournament in 23 years.

Clarke’s side face Czech Republic, England and Croatia in their three group games but before that they will take on Holland and then have a friendly away to Luxembourg on June 6.

Their opening game of the tournament is against the Czech Republic on June 14 at Hampden Park.

“John’s fine,” Clarke said about the midfielder. “No symptoms.

“Obviously he’s got to isolate for a few days now but we’ll keep an eye on him, we’ll look after him as we do with everybody. Hopefully it stops there.

Scotland beat Serbia in a Euro 2020 play-off back in November 2020 to secure their first major tournament in more than two decades

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Scotland beat Serbia in a Euro 2020 play-off back in November 2020 to secure their first major tournament in more than two decades

“Looking at the information we’ve got and relying on the doctors for the medical opinion we’re 99 per cent sure that John brought it into the camp, it came with him.

“It’s just one of those things with the state of the world at this moment with the pandemic. We just have to deal with it, as other countries might have to deal with it as well.

“John will be in isolation until he returns a couple of negative tests. I’m not quite sure what the guidelines are in Spain in terms of the number of days he will have to isolate for. But we’ll be testing every day with John and waiting for him to return a few negative tests.”

Clarke added: “For everyone else, it’s just carry on as normal and continue the good work. The thing I don’t want is for this isolated case to overshadow the good work that we’ve done.


“We’ve had good preparation. The training has been fantastic. The boys are in a great place and we’re looking forward to the game tomorrow night.

“We all want to avoid the virus as much as we can and that’s certainly no different within the camp.

“We’ll have to be reactive to certain situations but there’s no point stressing about it.

“There are certain situations that you can’t control. We can control the lads in training, preparation for the matches and hopefully a good performance tomorrow night against the Dutch.”





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