In what is a nightmare scenario for Croatia as it prepares for Spain, former Bayern Munich treble-winner and current Inter Milan forward Ivan Perisic has tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss his teams match against Spain.
Croatia released a formal announcement via Twitter (below) and also issued a formal statement as well:
Croatian Football Federation received the results of regular testing for the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which showed that player Ivan Perišić has tested positive for novel coronavirus. Media release: https://t.co/O7E9c1haeO— HNS (@HNS_CFF) June 26, 2021
Croatia’s statement detailed how the team is ensuring other members are okay:
During Saturday evening, Croatian Football Federation received the results of regular testing for the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which showed that player Ivan Perišić has tested positive for novel coronavirus.
Medical staff isolated Ivan from the other members of the national team and immediately and thoroughly informed competent epidemiological authorities about the situation, providing evidence of complying with all the necessary measures aimed at protection against the spread of coronavirus.
Perišić will spend 10 days in self-isolation and during that period will not participate at the matches of the Croatian national team.
All other players, staff and delegation members tested negative. National team will be traveling from Pula on Sunday 27 June with a charter flight to Copenhagen, where it plays a Round of 16 match of the UEFA EURO 2020 against Spain on Monday.
Perisic has been strong for Croatia thus far and his presence will surely be missed.