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Scotland's Gilmour contracts COVID, to miss Croatia game

June 21, 2021 23:45 IST
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Scotland's Billy Gilmour

IMAGE: Scotland's Billy Gilmour. Photograph: Carl Recine/Reuters

Midfielder Billy Gilmour will miss Scotland's final Euro 2020 Group D match against Croatia on Tuesday after testing positive for COVID-19, the Scottish Football Association said.

Gilmour played a big role in their goalless draw with England last weekend in his first start for the national team.

The 20-year-old will now self-isolate for 10 days as per the health protocols, the Scottish FA added.

 

"The Scottish FA can confirm that a member of the Scotland National Team playing squad, Billy Gilmour, has tested positive for COVID-19," a statement said on Monday.

Half a dozen other teams in the tournament have also suffered coronavirus cases.

Scotland, playing in their first major tournament since the 1998 World Cup, are bottom of Group D with one point.

They need to beat 2018 World Cup finalists Croatia at Hampden Park to have a chance of reaching the knockout stages.

England's Chilwell, Mount in isolation after contact with Gilmour

England players Ben Chilwell and Mason Mount are self-isolating after coming into contact with Scotland midfielder Billy Gilmour, who tested positive for COVID-19 earlier on Monday, the Football Association said in a statement.

"The pair will be kept away from the rest of the England players and wider support team," the statement added.

England manager Gareth Southgate said it was not yet clear if the pair would be available for England's final Group D match against Czech Republic at Wembley on Wednesday.

"We don’t know at the moment. There has obviously got to be quite a doubt. There are still a lot of discussions and investigations going on behind the scenes… We just have to find out over the next 12 hours or so," he told a news conference.

Current UK regulations for people who have been informed that they have come into contact with someone who has tested positive are for them to isolate for 10 days.

Midfielder Mount has started both England's games while left-back Chilwell has yet to feature.

Both players are team mates of Gilmour's at Premier League club Chelsea and were pictured embracing him at the end of Friday's 0-0 draw at Wembley.

The FA said the move was a "precaution at this time" and the decision had been made after consultation with Public Health England (PHE).

"The pair will be kept away from the rest of the England players and wider support team, pending further discussions with PHE," said the FA.

"The entire squad had lateral flow tests on Monday afternoon and all were again negative, as was the case with Sunday’s UEFA pre-match PCR tests".

The FA said they remain in contact with PHE and are observing UEFA's COVID-19 protocols for the tournament.

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