Luka Milivojevic, the Crystal Palace captain, tested positive for Covid-19 while on international duty with Serbia.

BBC Sport notes that the player will miss the Euro 2020 qualifying match against Scotland and, considering the timing, it remains to be seen if he will be able to return to the South Londoners for the first Premier League match after the international break. There are inherent dangers involved with the moving around of foreign players, and you have to wonder why the authorities are plowing ahead when there is still a very real chance of another outbreak.

Roy Hodgson, especially if it means he can’t use his captain, is unlikely to be enamored of the news. It is confirmed that the player will miss the Euro 2020 qualifying match against Scotland and it remains to be seen, given the timing, whether he will be able to play the first Premier League match again for the South Londoners after the international break.

There are inherent dangers involved with the moving around of foreign players, and you have to wonder why the authorities are plowing ahead when there is still a very real chance of another outbreak.

Roy Hodgson, particularly if it means he can’t use his captain, is unlikely to be enamored of the news.

A Serbian FA statement read: “After regular testing on COVID-19, performed on Monday upon the arrival of representative team players to the Sports Center of the Serbian FA in Stara Pazova the result for the captain of Crystal Palace Milivojević came up positive.

“Following UEFA medical regulations and protocols, Luka Milivojević left the sports center immediately after receiving the result and remained in Serbia in self-isolation at home.

The day after he has undergone another control test, which also came up positive. He will stay in Serbia following the current laws of the Republic of Serbia related to the COVID-19 pandemic. All the players and technical staff members of the A A-teamed negative results after additional testing, hence all the other representative players are available to the coach Ljubiša Tumbaković for tonight’s game vs. Scotland.”

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