Billy Gilmour will be in quarantine for 10 days after testing positive for the coronavirus and will miss the key Euro 2020 match between Scotland and Croatia on Tuesday.
The 20-year-old player made his complete international debut in Friday’s game against England, and his performance was the best in the game. Scotland scored a goalless draw at Wembley Stadium.
But he will miss their key game against Croatia at Hampton Park, and if Scotland is eligible for the knockout stage of a major event for the first time, he will also miss the round of 16.
It is understood that no other players have been affected or identified as close contacts, which means that the rest of the team will be available.
England’s 26-man team all returned to the negative results of Covid-19 and trained before the last Group D game against the Czech Republic on Monday.
The Scottish Football Association said in a statement: “The Scottish Football Association can confirm that the Scottish national team player Billy Gilmore has tested positive for Covid-19.”
“Since the test result was positive, Billy has contacted Public Health England and will now self-quarantine for 10 days, so he will miss the UEFA EURO 2020 Group D match against Croatia in Hampden tomorrow.
The Football Association confirmed that after the latest round of PCR tests organized by UEFA on Sunday, all members of the Gareth Southgate team and the wider support team have returned negative results.
As preparations for the match between Tottenham Lodge and the Czech Republic continue, the governing body is still in contact with the Public Health Department of England.
After defeating a series of Premier League players in London on Friday night, Gilmour is expected to start again in the game against Croatia. He is expected to face Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric.
But Clark now needs to reconsider his plan. Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay regained his defensive role in the game against England, and he is likely to return to his usual position to protect the three defenders.
Gilmore’s positive test is the second time he has hit the Scottish camp since the team met earlier this month.
Sheffield United midfielder John Fleck missed the two warm-up matches of Scotland against the Netherlands and Luxembourg after contracting the virus.
The other six players missed the 2-2 draw with the Netherlands as a precaution, although they were not officially designated as close contacts of Flake.
Clark will hold a press conference at 5:45 pm on Monday.
Souness: Gilmore’s absence is a panacea
Former Scottish midfielder Graeme Souness said that as Clark’s team hoped to have a place in the knockout stage, Gilmore’s loss “shocked us”.
Although he only made his debut in the game against England, Souness believes Gilmore is already an indispensable player for Scotland.
“The other day he was the best player on the court,” Souness said Sky Sports News“This is a huge blow to him, but it is a huge blow to the country.
“Just when things looked good; we played well and he was the star of this show. For this, it made us sideways.
“The midfield trio of Callum McGregor, John McGinn and Gilmour did a great job against England. They held the ball well, they chased the ball and looked very strong. It was a powerful blow for us.
Souness said Gilmore repaid his confidence in him with his outstanding performance against the England team. Although the stakes are so high, he does not seem to be worried.
“At the age of 20, what a great debut,” he said. “Last season he only started for Chelsea five times in the Premier League, so I think he will get tired in the second half. But he obviously has a very good engine and he keeps going.
“Entering that game, sometimes even senior players burn themselves with nervous energy. He did not show such signs, and the football he played on that stage was excellent under the pressure of the team.”
“What a great player he will become. He keeps the ball in a narrow space, his first idea is to pass the ball to the forward, and he is not afraid to participate in the fierce competition of the game.
“He is a huge prospect and it is a huge blow. We will miss him. I know it sounds stupid-his first international game at 20-but we will miss his game against Croatia. “