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Scotland And Chelsea’s Youngster Billy Gilmour Tests Positive For Covid-19

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Scotland midfielder Billy Gilmour has tested positive for Covid-19 and will miss Tuesday’s game against Croatia.

Billy Gilmour

The Chelsea midfielder will isolate for 10 days after testing positive for coronavirus and will miss Scotland’s crucial Euro 2020 game against Croatia on Tuesday. The 20-year-old made his full international debut against England on Friday, producing a man-of-the-match performance.

 

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But he will be absent for their crucial game against Croatia at Hampden Park and also a potential round-of-16 tie should Scotland qualify for the knockout stages of a major tournament for the first time.

“The Scottish FA can confirm that a member of the Scotland national team playing squad, Billy Gilmour, has tested positive for Covid-19,” the SFA said in a statement.

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“Having liaised with Public Health England since the positive test was recorded, Billy will now self-isolate for 10 days and therefore miss tomorrow’s UEFA EURO 2020 Group D match against Croatia at Hampden.

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Former Scotland midfielder Graeme Souness says the loss of Gilmour “knocks us sideways” as Clarke’s side target a place in the knockout stages. Despite only making his full debut against England, Souness believes Gilmour is already an integral player for Scotland. “At 20 years old, what a debut,” he said. “He only had five starts for Chelsea in the Premier League last season so I thought he was going to tire in the second half. But he’s obviously got a very good engine, he kept going.”

 

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