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Croatia lose Perisic to positive Covid test

Zagreb (AFP) – Croatia will be without Ivan Perisic for Monday’s Euro 2020 last-16 tie against Spain after the Inter Milan winger tested positive for coronavirus on Saturday.

Perisic has scored twice in three matches at the tournament to help drag the 2018 World Cup finalists into the knockout stages after a slow start.

However, his tournament looks to be over as he must isolate for 10 days and would therefore miss the quarter-finals and semi-finals should Croatia make it that far.

“During Saturday evening, (the) Croatian Football Federation received the results of regular testing for the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which showed that player Ivan Perisic has tested positive for novel coronavirus,” the Croatian football federation said in a statement.

“Medical staff isolated Ivan from the other members of the national team and immediately and thoroughly informed competent epidemiological authorities about the situation, providing evidence of complying with all the necessary measures aimed at protection against the spread of coronavirus.

“Perisic will spend 10 days in self-isolation and during that period will not participate at the matches of the Croatian national team.”

The rest of the Croatian squad and backroom staff have tested negative.

Perisic scored his side’s third goal in a 3-1 win over Scotland on Tuesday just days after a positive case in the Scottish camp for Chelsea midfielder Billy Gilmour.

England duo Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell were forced into self-isolation after talking to club teammate Gilmour following a 0-0 draw between the sides on June 18, but no other Scottish players were required to isolate.

Along with captain Luka Modric, Perisic is one of Croatia’s key men and heroes of their run to the World Cup final three years ago.

His two goals at Euro 2020 took the 32-year-old’s tally at major international tournaments to nine.

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  1. Roberto

    June 27, 2021 at 11:02 am

    That is a great question. The Balkans like parts of the U.S. have a high percentage of people who are not getting the vaccine. This puts themselves and others in danger. By Fall when the Delta variant is widespread, these actions may lead to another surge.

  2. rajvosa

    June 26, 2021 at 9:04 pm

    It looks that, regarding the COVID-19, UEFA has never moved from the year 2020. They are fallowing a “strict protocol” and everyday testing of players and coaching stuff. Do they know that we are in June of 2021 and millions of people around the world got vaccinated? Why nobody is talking about how many national federations had offered vaccine and how many players refused to do it. Or is that one of those “sensitive, political questions” that nobody wants to answer? I don’t see that next Olympic Games in Tokyo, probably the most important sport event this year, will be different.

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