Scotland and the Netherlands see their preparations for Euro 2020 disrupted by Covid-19 as John Fleck banned from friendlies, while Jasper Cillessen will miss the tournament
Preparations for the European Championship 2020 in Scotland and the Netherlands have been hit by Covid-19, with John Fleck and Jasper Cillessen both contracting the virus.
Scottish midfielder Fleck will miss Wednesday night’s warm-up match between the two countries in Portugal after testing positive, but remains in Steve Clarke’s plans for the tournament.
The Netherlands took even more decisive action when head coach Frank de Boer made the ‘incredibly unpleasant’ decision to leave goalkeeper Cillessen out of his last 26-man roster altogether.
Scotland star John Fleck will miss friendly against Netherlands after testing positive for Covid-19
Sheffield United midfielder Fleck has been forced to stay and self-isolate in Spain, where Scotland was based for a pre-Euro camp, following his positive test.
The rest of Clarke’s team were all negative after another test.
Dutchman Jasper Cillessen has been excluded from the tournament because he tested positive
Scotland manager Steve Clarke said Fleck will be in isolation until he returns negative tests
Clarke said, “John is fine. No symptoms. We’re 99 percent sure John brought it to the camp. He will be in isolation until he sends back some negative tests.”
De Boer said: “Hopefully the Scottish federation has taken care of everything and there is no possibility of them infecting any of our players or the other players in the Scottish squad.”
De Boer has called up Marco Bizot of AZ Alkmaar to replace Cillessen, with Norwich’s Tim Krul and Maarten Stekelenburg the other two Dutch goalkeepers.