Scotland manager Steve Clarke gives an update on John Fleck after Sheffield United midfielder tests positive for Covid-19
Steve Clarke, the Scotland manager, says that John Fleck is “fine” and has no symptoms despite the Sheffield United midfielder testing positive for Covid-19 at his country’s Spanish training camp ahead of this summer’s Euros.
Fleck will miss Wednesday’s friendly with the Netherlands in Portugal after returning a positive test and is self-isolating as per Spanish guidelines. He is almost certain to miss this weekend’s friendly with Luxembourg too, a blow to his preparations for this summer’s European Championships.
"John's fine,” Clarke said. “No symptoms. He's got to isolate for a few days now but we'll keep an eye on him, we'll look after him as we do with everybody. Hopefully it stops there.
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"Looking at the information we've got and relying on the doctors for the medical opinion we're 99 per cent sure that John brought it into the camp, it came with him.
"It's just one of those things with the state of the world at this moment with the pandemic. We just have to deal with it, as other countries might have to deal with it as well.
"John will be in isolation until he returns a couple of negative tests. I'm not quite sure what the guidelines are in Spain in terms of the number of days he will have to isolate for. But we'll be testing every day with John and waiting for him to return a few negative tests."
Scotland are in Spain for the first part of their build-up to Euro 2020 – their first major tournament since the 1998 World Cup.
Clarke’s side face Czech Republic, England and Croatia in their three group games at the Euros.
"For everyone else, it's just carry on as normal and continue the good work,” Clarke added.
“The thing I don't want is for this isolated case to overshadow the good work that we've done.
"We've had good preparation. The training has been fantastic. We all want to avoid the virus as much as we can and that's certainly no different within the camp.
"We'll have to be reactive to certain situations but there's no point stressing about it. There are certain situations that you can't control.
“We can control the lads in training, preparation for the matches and hopefully a good performance ... against the Dutch."