Billy Gilmour has been ruled out of Scotland’s Group D Euro showdown with Croatia after testing positive for COVID-19.
The 20-year-old Chelsea midfielder impressed in his first Scotland start on Friday as he helped the team earn a goalless draw with England at Wembley.
The result leaves Steve Clarke’s side still in with a shot at qualifying for the knockout stages.
But Scotland has now received a major blow ahead of the must-win Croatia clash with Gilmour unavailable.
We can confirm that Billy Gilmour has tested positive for COVID-19.
Having liaised with Public Health England, Billy will now self-isolate for 10 days and therefore miss tomorrow’s UEFA EURO 2020 Group D match against Croatia at Hampden.https://t.co/lRNWvckqCK
— Scotland National Team (@ScotlandNT) June 21, 2021
Gilmour will have to isolate for 10 days.
Half a dozen other teams in the tournament have also suffered coronavirus cases.
Scotland, playing in its first major tournament since the 1998 World Cup, is bottom of Group D with one point.
It needs to beat 2018 World Cup finalists Croatia at Hampden Park to have a chance of reaching the knockout stages.