Meanwhile, the Scots are plagued by problems. Before competing at Parken Stadium, two actors, Aston Villa’s John McGinn and Glasgow Rangers’ Nathan Patterson, were canceled due to coronavirus infection. Patterson had to be denied as a direct contact. Celtic’s James Forrest and Greg Taylor are injured and will be missing on Tuesday (8.45pm, live on ORF1) against Austria in Vienna.
Earlier, Manchester United’s Scott McTominay retired after groin surgery and Southampton’s Stuart Armstrong retired with a calf wound. It is very disappointing,” said Scotland head coach Steve Clarke. He would also have to do without his new assistant coach Austin McPhee, who also passed a positive coronavirus test. Hearts manager Steven Naismith will replace McPhee.
Scots and Danes with staff concerns
Midfielder McGuin, who drew 2-2 against Austria in Glasgow in March, may be available again at least like right-back Patterson after the game in Denmark. As McGuin wrote on Twitter over the weekend, he has no symptoms. Clark practiced optimism of purpose. “I think we’re still ready for Denmark.” On Saturday, the British, who were relegated from the group stage after the group stage, will make a home appearance against outsiders Moldova.
Denmark coach Kasper Hjulmund has a similar concern. Knee-injured strikers Martin Braithwaite (FC Barcelona) and Casper Dolberg (Nice) are missing from their squad. Seven players from the original call-up list have now had to be cancelled. It was initially unclear who would be available for the games on Saturday and Tuesday. “Our plan has been overturned. But now other players have a chance to show themselves,” said Hazulmand.
The head coach insisted that successes at the European Championships could not be relied upon – when the semi-final against England only ended after an extension. “We’ll have to see what’s ahead of us and what happened over the summer.” Like other national coaches, Hujulmand saw the schedule of the World Cup qualifying triples as problematic. “Three games in six days at this point in the season is a bit over the top,” he said. With nine counters, the Danes could certainly have already planned for Qatar.
Turbulent preparations in Israel
Willie Rattensteiner’s Israel travels across the North Atlantic ahead of a home game against Austria in Haifa on Saturday. In Torshavn in the Faroe Islands, slip-up is prohibited for Israelis, who hold four counters such as a red-white-red selection. Delay in arrival due to bad weather. Otherwise, the preparation was anything but harmonious.
Attacker Munas Dabur was in trouble after he caused a stir with an Instagram post during the escalating conflict between Israel and Palestinians in May. The Arab-born Hoffenheim striker wrote in it, “God will judge those who did injustice.” Dabber was earlier suspended from the national team, but now he is back. According to media reports, Dabbar wanted to talk to his colleagues in the Faroe Islands.
Ruttensteiner was reportedly criticized by association members for his decision. As the newspaper “Jadiot Achronaut” wrote earlier in the week, a farewell to the Austrians in November is conceivable. Then Israel could lose its chances to participate in the World Cup. Rattensteiner was quoted as saying: “I don’t like to deal with posting, but rather preparing for the upcoming games. I only deal with the success of the team.”
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