BREAKING NEWS: Crystal Palace captain Luka Milivojevic forced out of Serbia’s huge Euro 2020 play-off against Scotland tonight after testing positive for coronavirus
- Luka Milivojevic will not play in Serbia’s Euro 2020 play-off against Scotland
- The 29-year-old midfielder has recorded two positive Covid-19 tests this week
- Whoever wins Thursday’s clash will reach the rescheduled tournament next year
The 29-year-old midfielder recorded a positive test on Monday and also tested positive for Covid-19 in a second test the following day and is self-isolating as a result.
‘After regular testing on Covid-19, performed on Monday upon the arrival of representative team players to the Sports Centre of the Serbian FA in Stara Pazova the result for captain of Crystal Palace Milivojevic came up positive,’ a Serbian FA statement read on Thursday.
Crystal Palace’s Luka Milivojevic will not play in Serbia’s Euro 2020 play-off against Scotland
‘In accordance with UEFA medical regulations and protocols, Luka Milivojevic left the sports centre 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 in accordance with current laws of the Republic of Serbia related with the Covid-19 pandemic.
‘All the players and technical staff members of the A team had negative results after additional testing, hence all the other representative players are available to the coach Ljubisa Tumbakovic for tonight’s game vs Scotland.’
Milivojevic has earned 39 international caps for Serbia but they will be without him later
Sassuolo midfielder Filip Duricic had already been ruled out of the showdown in Belgrade after testing positive for coronavirus.
Whoever comes out on top on Thursday night will reach the rescheduled European Championships next summer.
Milivojevic, who has earned 39 international caps, was sent off in his last Premier League outing – Palace’s 2-0 defeat by Wolves on October 30 and therefore is already suspended for three games.
He has already sat out Palace’s 4-1 win over Leeds but will also not be able to play in their remaining matches in November – a visit to Burnley and a home match against Newcastle – due to the ban.
The Red Star Stadium will be empty on Thursday night for the Euro 2020 play-off clash