Scotland boss Steve Clarke gives update on Sheffield United's John Fleck for Euro 2020 opener after positive Covid-19 test

Scotland manager Steve Clarke admits John Fleck will be a “long shot” to make their Euro 2020 opener against Czech Republic following his spell of self-isolation.

Monday, 7th June 2021, 10:24 am
Updated Monday, 7th June 2021, 10:55 am

The Sheffield United midfielder tested positive for Covid-19 and was quarantined before the Scots flew from their training base in Spain to Portugal last week for the 2-2 friendly draw against the Netherlands in Portugal.

David Marshall, Stephen O’Donnell, Nathan Patterson, Grant Hanley, John McGinn and former Blade Che Adams had been left behind in Spain as a precaution but all returned and were involved to some extent in the final warm-up game, a 1-0 win over Luxembourg in the Stade Josy Barthel on Sunday.

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John Fleck of Sheffield United is a “long shot” to make Scotland’s Euro 2020 opener against Czech Republic following his spell of self-isolation.

Boss Clarke confirmed Fleck will come back into consideration when he returns to the squad but is probably not in the mix for the opening game against the Czechs at Hampden Park on June 14, which comes before the trip to Wembley to play England on Friday, 18 June and a final group game against Croatia in Glasgow four days later.

Clarke said: “He is up for consideration for the tournament.

“John will join us in the middle of the week.

“He will get the option when he gets out of quarantine to go home for 24 hours to see his family or he can join us straight at the training camp.

“Because he is in his room isolating it would be a long shot that he is ready for the first game but he is certainly ready for the next two.”