Czech Squad Staff Member Tests Positive for COVID-19

A member of the Czech Republic backroom staff has tested positive for coronavirus ahead of their game with Scotland on Monday.

The infected person has “immediately left the team hotel and entered quarantine”, the statement said, while the rest of the players and staff were re-tested and all returned negative results.

The entire squad has been sent for retesting and they postponed the departure of their trip to Slovakia for Friday’s Nations League game.

This month’s Nations League matches are the first competitive internationals in Europe since November, with subsequent games having been postponed or cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

It’s a huge blow for the Czech side ahead of their two games this weekend, but their game at Scotland won’t be at risk providing they have enough fit players.

The staff member who tested positive has been put into quarantine, but UEFA released details earlier this week that suggested if they had 13 fit senior players, including two goalkeepers, then all games would have to go ahead.

A statement from the Czech Republic said: “We can confirm one positive test from the group of the wider implementation team.

“All test results are negative. As a result of today’s tests, the departure to Slovakia is postponed to Thursday, September 3.”

UEFA has warned that positive COVID-19 tests may result in groups of players or entire teams being placed into quarantine, depending on the decision of local authorities.

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