Steve Clarke warns his Scotland players to stay home during their pre-European break

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Steve Clarke warns his Scotland players to stay home with their families during their pre-european break…with John Fleck still in quarantine after testing positive for Covid-19

  • Steve Clarke has told his players to stay home during their pre-Euro break
  • Scotland boss has released his group for three days after their training camp
  • John Fleck stays in a hotel room in Alicante after contracting Covid-19
  • The Tartan Army kicks off their Euro campaign in the Czech Republic on Monday

Steve Clarke has warned Scotland’s players to stay home with their families during their pre-European break over fears his squad will be exposed to Covid-19.

The players will reunite at their Rockliffe Hall base in Darlington on Tuesday evening, ahead of Monday’s Group D group opener against the Czech Republic at Hampden Park.

Clarke has given his group three days off this week after their Spanish training camp. But the fact that John Fleck is staying in a hotel room in Alicante after contracting Covid is reason enough for Clarke to alert his players to the dangers of the virus.

Steve Clarke has warned Scotland’s players to stay home with their families during their pre-Euro break

John Fleck is still in Alicante after testing positive for Covid-19 ahead of Scotland camp

John Fleck is still in Alicante after testing positive for Covid-19 ahead of Scotland camp

That case resulted in six players missing last week’s 2-2 draw with Holland as a precaution, and it appears that the team has avoided a bigger breakout.

However, Clarke has told them not to take any chances, especially since Fleck arrived at the camp after picking up the virus the days before.

“It is safe for them to go home and spend time with their families,” he said. “We don’t expect to see them outside again.

Clarke has told his players not to take any chances ahead of their first group match on Monday

Clarke has told his players not to take any chances ahead of their first group match on Monday

“What happened last week was a reminder that Covid is here. It won’t go away this year and we have to learn to live with that.’

About his decision to give his players a rest period, Clarke added: “It’s important to let them go home and relax for a few days. It’s a break they need because it’s been an intense period.

“With the Covid situation, it is better to let them go to their families than to try to get the families to the team hotel.”

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