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Scotland and Holland see their preparations for Euro 2020 disrupted by Covid-19

Scotland and Holland see their preparations for Euro 2020 disrupted by Covid-19 as John Fleck is ruled out of friendly while Jasper Cillessen will miss the tournament

Scotland and Holland’s Euro 2020 preparations have been hit by Covid-19 with John Fleck and Jasper Cillessen both contracting the virus.

Scotland midfielder Fleck will miss Wednesday night’s warm-up match between the two countries in Portugal after a positive test but remains in Steve Clarke’s plans for the tournament.

Holland have taken even more decisive action with head coach Frank de Boer taking the ‘incredibly unpleasant’ decision to omit goalkeeper Cillessen from his final 26-man squad altogether.

Scotland star John Fleck will miss the friendly vs Holland after testing positive for Covid-19

Sheffield United midfielder Fleck has been forced to remain and self-isolate in Spain, where Scotland were based for a pre-Euros camp, following his positive test.

The remainder of Clarke’s squad were all negative after re-testing.

Holland's Jasper Cillessen has been ruled out of the tournament having tested positive

Holland’s Jasper Cillessen has been ruled out of the tournament having tested positive

Scotland manager Steve Clarke said Fleck will be in isolation until he returns negative tests

Scotland manager Steve Clarke said Fleck will be in isolation until he returns negative tests

Clarke said: ‘John’s fine. No symptoms. We’re 99 per cent sure that John brought it into the camp. He will be in isolation until he returns a couple of negative tests.’

De Boer said: ‘Hopefully the Scottish federation managed everything well and there is no possibility they will contaminate one of our players or the other players in the Scotland squad.’

De Boer has called up AZ Alkmaar’s Marco Bizot to replace Cillessen, with Norwich’s Tim Krul and Maarten Stekelenburg the other two Dutch goalkeepers.

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