Coronavirus scares key Rangers player in international service as teammate tests positive for Covid-19


Rangers star Borna Barisic tested negative for coronavirus during the Croatia Nations League clash with Sweden, scheduled for Saturday.

Borna Barisic has tested negative for the coronavirus, but a Croatian teammate has tested positive. Image: SNS
However, a member of the Croatian squad was forced to self-isolate in Istanbul after Wednesday’s draw with Turkey after receiving a positive test.

Defender Domagoj Vida played 45 minutes in the 3-3 draw, with the medical team scoring a ‘suspect’ conclusion in their test on Wednesday morning.

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The player was substituted at half-time with a positive confirmation later in the evening.

Domagoj Vida has tested positive for the coronavirus. Image: SNS

Barisic was not in the match but was named among the substitutes.

The good news for Rangers is that Wednesday’s player’s test came back negative and he will travel to Stockholm as scheduled for the game against Sweden.

Croatia are then set to face Portugal next Tuesday before Barisic returns to Ibrox ahead of Rangers’ clash with Aberdeen one week on Sunday.

A statement from the Croatian FA said: “Immediately after midnight Istanbul local time, the medical service of the Croatian national football team received the results of tests for the SARS-CoV-2 virus, among which a positive result among the players.

“After all players and staff tested negative for the regular test for the game against Turkey on Monday, the regular test for the game against Sweden was carried out on Wednesday morning. HNS received the official test results after midnight local time and showed national team member Domagoj Vida tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

“The medical service of the Croatian national team received the first information at the end of the break between the two halves that there was a potentially positive result. This is a common testing procedure, and a “suspicious” result is retested to confirm the result.

“As selector Zlatko Dalić had already made the decision to change Vida at that time, the national team medical service isolated Vida according to all epidemiological measures until the test results were confirmed.

“Vida, in accordance with the regulations, will spend the next few days in self-isolation in Istanbul.

“All other national team members and staff, who have tested negative, will travel to Stockholm as planned. It is taken into account that the national team has complied with all epidemiological measures, in accordance with the UEFA return to play protocol.

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