Sheffield United star becomes the focus of a concerted campaign organised by his international team mates

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John Fleck’s Scotland team mates are taking it in turns to keep his spirits up as he self-isolates following a positive test for Covid-19.

The Sheffield United midfielder has been confined to his room at the La Finca training camp in Spain since last week, after it was discovered he had contracted the virus despite displaying no obvious symptoms.

Having missed Wednesday’s draw with Holland, Fleck will also sit out his country’s friendly against Luxembourg tomorrow as clinicians wait to give him the all-clear.

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Six of his colleagues who were deemed as close contacts were also forced to remain at the five star resort while the rest of Steve Clarke’s squad continue their preparations for this summer’s European Championships.

John Fleck is being forced to self-isolate: Andrew Yates / SportimageJohn Fleck is being forced to self-isolate: Andrew Yates / Sportimage
John Fleck is being forced to self-isolate: Andrew Yates / Sportimage

Callum McGregor who is set to face Luc Holtz’s side, said: “We’ve tried to keep in touch with him (Fleck) via texts and the boys have been shouting up at his balcony.

“It’s difficult for John. He’s going to be in that room for a wee while. We try to keep him included and hope he can rejoin the group soonish.”

Fleck must return two negative tests before being allowed to report back for duty. Scotland are scheduled to travel to Middlesbrough after the meeting with Luxembourg, having arranged a series of sessions at the Championship club’s Rockcliffe Park complex. They then open their Euro 2021 with a game against the Czech Republic on June 14, before facing England and Croatia.

"It’s in the back of our minds, to stick to the protocols as best we can,” McGregor said. “Hopefully, when we get to the tournament, everyone is ready to go.”