Sheffield United midfielder's international ambitions are dealt a blow because of Covid-19 scare

Sheffield United midfielder Sander Berge’s hopes of winning his 24th cap for Norway against Israel tonight have been dashed after health officials in Oslo ordered their game against Willibald Ruttensteiner’s side to be cancelled.

Wednesday, 11th November 2020, 2:25 pm

The decision, taken because of Covid-19 concerns, was taken only hours before the friendly match was set to kick-off at the Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo.

Munas Dabbur, the Israeli striker, tested positive for the respiratory disease earlier this week but was not deemed to have been in close contact with any of his team mates before being placed in isolation.

Pal Bjerketvedt, of the Norwegian FA, said: “It is of course sad to cancel a match hours before kick-off. At the same time, it underlines the seriousness of the situation we are in.”

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Sander Berge, the Sheffield United midfielder, is in Oslo with Norway's international squad: David Klein/Sportimage

“Now that the health authorities are unsure of the risk of spreading after an outbreak of infection in the Israeli squad and recommend cancelling the match, we will of course follow this.”