Chelsea midfielder Billy Gilmour tested positive for coronavirus on Monday, dealing a huge blow to Scotland’s hopes of making it beyond the group stages of a major tournament for the first time at Euro 2020.
Meanwhile a France star will miss the remainder of the tournament after a knee injury.
Gilmour picked up the man-of-the-match award in Friday’s 0-0 draw against England at Wembley in his first international start.
But he will miss Tuesday’s clash against Croatia at Hampden with Scotland needing to win to have any chance of progressing to the last 16.
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“The Scottish FA can confirm that a member of the Scotland National Team playing squad, Billy Gilmour, has tested positive for COVID-19,” the Scottish Football Association said in a statement.
“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.” No other members of the squad have been required to self-isolate as a result of coming into close contact with the 20-year-old at Scotland’s training base in Middlesbrough.
Another Scotland midfielder, John Fleck, was also forced to isolate for 10 days prior to the tournament after testing positive during a training camp in Spain.
FRANCE GUN OUT
France will be without Barcelona winger Ousmane Dembele for the rest of Euro 2020 due to a knee injury, the French Football Federation said on Monday.
Dembele, 24, had to leave the field towards the end of the 1-1 draw against Hungary in Budapest on Saturday and X-rays showed the injury would take too long to heal, the FFF said.
Harry Kane, training, future, contract, gossip, rumours, Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester City, reaction, updates
Harry Kane is set to be fined after reportedly failed to turn up for his scheduled pre-season tests with Tottenham on Monday.
It comes amid mounting speculation the striker wants to force a move to Manchester City.
England captain Kane was due back at Tottenham’s training headquarters for a coronavirus test and a fitness assessment following his three-week holiday after Euro 2020.
However, it was widely reported Kane did not make an appearance at Tottenham’s Enfield base, sparking fresh talk that he is determined to engineer a transfer to Premier League champions Manchester City.
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Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano says this week will be key in determining Kane’s future at Tottenham, with Manchester City prepared to make a move.
“I expect some complicated weeks ahead, because the situation is really, really tense,” he told Sky Sports News’ ‘The Transfer Show’.
“I think this week everything will be clear. Tottenham need to take a position, and Manchester City are ready if their position changes.
“This week will be key to understand what will happen.”
Sky Sports News’ Kaveh Solhekol admitted he was shocked by Kane’s actions.
“I cannot remember Harry Kane ever putting a foot wrong at Tottenham, but unless there is an innocent explanation, he appears to have put a foot wrong today,” he said on ‘The Transfer Show’.
“He’s effectively gone on strike, disrespected the club, the supporters, and his team-mates. He’s got three years left on his contract but is behaving like someone with a year left on his contract.
“It was his decision to sign a six-year contract three years ago, and if Spurs don’t want to sell him, they don’t have to sell him. The power rests with Spurs at the moment.”
“Kane, barely halfway through a six-year contract, feels he has to do something drastic to break the stalemate,” Kay wrote.
“If Kane gets the move he wants, he will come to look back at this as a means to an end.
“Given Levy’s reputation for playing hardball, he was not likely to get to City by being polite and doing things by the book.
“It is a stand-off, with Kane’s leverage severely reduced by the three years remaining on his contract, and right now it is hard to see how it will be resolved by the deadline on August 31, let alone by the time Tottenham play City on the opening day of the Premier League season on August 15.
“It seemed unlikely that Kane would play any part in that game. Now it looks almost unfeasible.”
Tottenham, who ironically face Pep Guardiola’s team on the opening weekend of the new Premier League season, have declined to comment about Kane’s absence.
The 28-year-old went public with his desire to leave Tottenham at the end of last season.
Kane has grown frustrated at Tottenham’s failure to win a major trophy since 2008, with their latest letdown coming in last season’s League Cup final defeat against Manchester City.
He believes he has a ‘gentleman’s agreement’ with Tottenham which allows him to move this year.
But with three years left on his contract, Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy has no intention of selling his club’s prized asset, who is valued at around £150 million ($A283 million).
Kane has been in the Bahamas following England’s Euro 2020 final loss to Italy.
With the top-flight season due to start on August 13, Kane appears to intend to push for a move.
It could be a rocky road for Kane if he steps up his demand to leave, with some Tottenham fans expressing their anger at his training ground snub on social media.
New Tottenham boss Nuno Espirito Santo was reportedly assured Kane would not be sold during discussions before he took charge.
Nuno said last month that Kane could be “counted on” next season.
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