Euro 2020: Netherlands, Scotland suffer Covid blues, one positive case reported each in squad – The COVID-19 has hit Euro 2020 one more time as two footballers, who were selected in their national squad for the mega event, have tested positive for the virus on Tuesday. Scotland’s midfielder John Fleck tested positive in the afternoon while another major news came in the evening when Netherlands’ premier goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen was ruled out of the Euro 2020 as he also tested positive for COVID-19.
Euro 2020: Fleck returned positive at a training camp in Spain ahead of the European Championship. Scotland Football Federation said midfielder John Fleck is in self-quarantine and will not travel with the team to Portugal for a warm-up game on Wednesday against Netherlands.
While Jasper Cillessen was ruled out by Frank de Boer as he is not willing to take risk how long Cillessen needs to recover from the deadly virus. Cillessen tested positive in a control test last week and has gone into self-isolation, missing out on the week-long training camp in Portugal where the Dutch are preparing for their Group C matches against Austria, North Macedonia and Ukraine.
John Fleck Tested positive
Scotland Football Federation said midfielder John Fleck is in self-quarantine and will not travel with the team to Portugal for a warm-up game on Wednesday against Netherlands.
“The rest of the squad was retested for COVID-19 and returned negative results,” the federation was quoted as saying by the Associated Press.
Euro 2020: Fleck, who plays for Sheffield United, was unlikely to start in the playing eleven when Scotland kick off their campaign against Czech Republic in Glasgow. This is the first time in over two decades Scotland will feature in any major international tournament. The last they played was in 1998 World Cup.
They have two home games at Hampden Park against the Czechs and Croatia. The Scots’ other Group D game is against rival England at Wembley Stadium.
Euro 2020: Jasper Cillessen tested positive
De Boer told Cillessen, who plays for Valencia in La Liga, on Tuesday that he could not include the 32-year-old in the final selection list, which had to be submitted to UEFA by midnight.
Euro 2020: “I informed Jasper of my decision this morning. Let me start by saying that I find this incredibly sad for Jasper but I had to take the plunge,” said De Boer in a statement.
“He has tested positive for corona and as a result missed an important part of the preparation. We don’t know how long it will take until he is 100% fit again. I don’t want to take any chances in that regard.
“We are on the eve of a European Championship and I want certainty, even if I understand how painful it is Jasper.”
Euro 2020: AZ Alkmaar goalkeeper Marco Bizot, who had previously been added to the training camp so that the Dutch could have an extra goalkeeper on hand, is now part of the official squad. Tim Krul (Norwich City) and Maarten Stekelenburg (Ajax Amsterdam) are the two other goalkeepers in the squad.