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A total of seven Scotland players have not traveled for Wednesday’s Euro 2020 warm-up game against the Netherlands after John Fleck tested positive for coronavirus.

Sheffield United midfielder Fleck contracted the virus – testing positive on Tuesday – despite showing no symptoms.

David Marshall, Grant Hanley, John McGinn, Che Adams, Stephen O’Donnell and Nathan Patterson have also been asked to remain at training grounds in Spain, Scotland.


Andy Robertson says John Fleck’s positive test is a reminder to everyone he must be vigilant about the virus, as six more Scotland players will miss their friendly against the Netherlands as a precaution.

Six players tested negative again on Wednesday and could travel – but Scotland has taken the precaution and is being over-cautious.

That means head coach Steve Clarke has just 19 players to choose from for the game against the Dutch – with less than two weeks to go until Scotland’s opening Euro 2020 game.

John Fleck during the Scotland training session (SNS)
Scotland midfielder John Fleck tested positive for Covid-19 on Tuesday

talking to sky sports news Before the game, Clarke said: “I’ve talked to all the players and we’ve decided to be extremely cautious coming here tonight, so we’ve left some boys behind.

“It was very precautionary but I think the right decision. They could have traveled, there is no self-isolation or you don’t get close contact at home or anything.

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“After talking to the players, we decided these boys were a little more closely related to John. Listen, it’s better to err on the side of caution with the tournament approaching, so we decided to take the hit tonight.

“It doesn’t change things too much. I had maybe two maybe three changes from the team I had to start with.

“But one of the boys we left behind is a little knock-knock anyway and probably would have missed. So maybe just two different personnel changes in terms of what I had in mind for the start It happens.”

Scotland’s final Euro 2020 warm-up match is against Luxembourg on Sunday, live on sky game. Clarke’s team will open the tournament on 14 June against the Czech Republic, before taking on England and Croatia in their second Group D fixtures.

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