As Steve Clarke’s health improves, John Fleck returns to the Scotland squad.


As Steve Clarke’s health improves, John Fleck returns to the Scotland squad.

Steve Clarke received a clean bill of health in his first training session at Scotland’s Euro 2020 camp, allowing John Fleck to reunite with his teammates.

After testing positive for Covid-19 during Scotland’s training camp last week, Fleck had to self-isolate in his hotel room in Spain.

When Scotland drew with Holland in their first warm-up match in Portugal last Wednesday, head coach Clarke left six players in Spain as a precaution, while Fleck stayed even longer.

The 26 Scotland players all passed Covid checks after reporting to their Rockcliffe Hall headquarters near Darlington on Wednesday night, proving that the Sheffield United midfielder’s positive test was an exceptional instance.

“The camp is in a very good place now,” striker Kevin Nisbet said. We only had two days at home, so we came in and were immediately tested and sent to our rooms. Thankfully, all of the tests came back negative.

“With the enormity of the tournament approaching, no one wanted to be negative and hold themselves back. We are overjoyed that everyone is pessimistic, and we can now focus on putting a marker on the tournament.

“It’s fantastic that Flecky has returned. He obviously had a difficult time testing positive, and he has been confined to his room since then. So the boys gave him a round of applause this morning.

“He wanted to come in and get a good start and be in contention for a spot, and it was difficult for him to test positive for Covid, but he’s a tough character and he’ll bounce back. He did well in training today.”

The Scotland squad’s activities at the luxury hotel next to Middlesbrough’s training field will be closely watched due to the ever-present coronavirus threat.

“It’s difficult because there are Covid guidelines, and you have to sit two metres apart,” Nisbet explained.

“Apart from training you have to relax because there are tough games coming up and a lot of tough training so, every opportunity you get, you have to relax and rest and recover.

“This is the location. (This is a brief piece.)


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