Croatia winger Ivan Perisic tested positive for the coronavirus ahead of their crucial round of 16 matches against Spain at Euro 2020. He must now self-isolate for 10 days and will not be available. He has been the standout player for Croatia in the tournament scoring twice in the group stage to help them qualify. The Croatian FA confirmed that no player or traveling member apart from Perisic tested positive for the coronavirus.

“During the evening, the Croatian Football Association received the results of regular testing for the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which showed that national team member Ivan Perisic was positive for coronavirus.” a statement from the Croatia FA about Ivan Perisic read. “The medical service of the national team isolated Ivan from other members of the national team and immediately informed the competent epidemiological service in detail about the situation, with evidence of compliance with all measures to protect against the spread of coronavirus.”

“Perisic will spend 10 days in self-isolation and in that period he will not compete for the matches of the Croatian national team.” the statement added. “All other national team members, staff members, and delegations are negative. The national team has a flight from Pula to Copenhagen at 10:35, where they will play the game of the eighth-finals of the European Championship against Spain on Monday, June 28.”

Croatia finished below England in Group D. They got off to a faltering start losing against eventual group winners England. Perisic was instrumental in their wins over Scotland and the Czech Republic in the group.

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