After the Inter Milan winger tested positive for the coronavirus on Saturday, Croatia will be without Ivan Perisic to participate in the Euro 2020 final against Spain on Monday. Perisic scored twice in three games, helping the 2018 World Cup finalists enter the knockout stage after a slow start. However, their game seems to be over because they have to be isolated for 10 days, so if Croatia can go that far, they will miss the quarter-finals and semi-finals. The Croatian Football Association said in a statement: “During Saturday evening, (the) Croatian Football Federation received the results of regular testing for the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which showed that player Ivan Perisic has tested positive for novel coronavirus,”
“Medical staff isolated Ivan from the other members of the national team and immediately and thoroughly informed competent epidemiological authorities about the situation, providing evidence of complying with all the necessary measures aimed at protection against the spread of coronavirus.
“Perisic will spend 10 days in self-isolation and during that period will not participate at the matches of the Croatian national team.”
The rest of the Croatian squad and backroom staff have tested negative.
Perisic scored the team’s third goal in a 31-game win over Scotland on Tuesday, after Chelsea midfielder Billy Gilmour had achieved positive results on the Scottish pitch a few days earlier.
The English duo Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell were forced to isolate themselves after talking with teammate Gilmore after the two sides scored 00 points on June 18, but no other Scottish player needed to isolate themselves.
Along with captain Luka Modric, Perisic is one of Croatia’s key men and heroes of their run to the World Cup final three years ago.
His two goals at Euro 2020 took the 32-year-old’s tally at major international tournaments to nine.