Luka Milivojevic has tested positive for coronavirus and will miss Serbia’s Euro 2020 play-final final with Scotland on Thursday night.
The captain of Crystal Palace tested positive on Monday and also tested positive in the follow-up test on Tuesday and is self-separating in Serbia.
He is the third Serbian player to test positive for coronavirus in build-up, after West Brom defender Br B Nislav Ivan ov Vic and Sassuolo’s Philippe Zurich tested positive.
The rest of Serbia’s team has tested negatively and it is clear that they will face Scotland at the Red Star Stadium in Belgrade next summer instead of the late Euro 2020.
A statement from the Serbian FA stated: “After regular testing on the Covid-19, which took place on Monday at the Serbian FA’s sports center in Stara Pazova, the result of the Crystal Palace captain Milivojevi was positive.
“According to UEFA’s medical rules and protocols, Luka Milivojev left the sports center immediately after receiving the result and stayed at home in Serbia in self-isolation.
“The next day he underwent another control test, which also turned out to be positive. He will remain in Serbia under current law of the Republic of Serbia related to the COBID-19 epidemic.
“After additional testing of all the players and technical staff members of the team, negative results came, so all the other representative players are available for coach Ljubia Tumbakovin tonight’s game vs Scotland.”
It has been a disruptive week for Serbia as they prepare to face Steve Clarke’s side. There were also doubts whether Serbia’s Italy-based players would be allowed to join the team.
Alexander Kolarov (Inter Milan), Sergei Milinkovich-Sevic (Lazio), Nikola Millenkovic and Dusan Vlahovich (both Fiarantina) all managed to travel.
Milos Veljkovic missed Jurisic and Werder Bremen.
Walker’s Scotland preview: This is our time!
It is undoubtedly the biggest game of the pay generation and Scotland’s chances of making it to the main European finals are out of reach.
But just what are our chances against Serbia in Belgrade on Thursday night in the Euro 2020 playoff final?
Like us, Serbia has a history of failing in the big games but they are their favorites after seeing their excellent performance in the 2-1 win over Norway in Oslo, with the goal of a highly talented Sergei after winning the semi-finals of the Nations League. Milinkovic-Sevik of Lazio.
There are many young players from Fulham’s Alexander Matrovic, as well as Serbia who trade across Europe – especially Italy – and there is a bit of confusion on issues related to the Covid-19 with doubts surrounding many players.
We in Scotland all believe that Serbia has players who play for Inter Milan, Fiorentina, Lazio and Torino but we should not underestimate the quality in our team. While Steve Clarke can call up players from Liverpool, Manchester UTD, Arsenal and Aston Villa as well as a couple of Celtics and Rangers, then no wonder he can be confident of a good performance.
Admittedly, the 120 minutes we needed to pass Israel to Hampden in the semifinals was difficult and incomprehensible, but we thanked all five nominees for hitting the pressure penalty and Clarke keeps telling us, we are now unbeaten in eight international matches.
That’s right, we should have a strong starting XI.
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