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Southampton’s Stuart Armstrong tested positive for coronavirus while on international duty with Scotland

Stuart Armstrong, Kieran Tierney and Ryan Christie will miss Scotland’s clash with Israel

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Southampton’s Stuart Armstrong tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus while on international duty with Scotland.

The Saints midfielder has to isolate for 10 days and will miss Scotland’s crucial Euro 2020 play-off semi-final against Israel on Thursday.

Arsenal defender Kieran Tierney and Celtic midfielder Ryan Christie are also required to self-isolate for 14 days from the same date of Tuesday, 6 October, as they were close training contacts.

According to Sky Sports, Armstrong initially tested negative for coronavirus when he arrived for training with his national side. However, a supplementary test provided by UEFA saw the Scot test positive earlier this morning.

Scotland have been particularly unlucky already during this international break. Scott McKenna, Liam Palmer and Oliver Burke have all been forced out with injury.

“We have lost six players from the squad,” Scotland head coach Steve Clarke said. “It is up to us to make the nation smile tomorrow night. We know we have the nation behind us.”