Vida (foreground) learned he tested positive for Covid at Croatia-Turkey halftime.
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Croatian defender Domagoj Vida, who played the first half of a friendly against Turkey on Wednesday evening, was told during the meeting that he had tested positive for the new coronavirus.
During a test that the players made on Monday to be able to play this match, they were all negative, however, explains the federation in a press release.
But they were tested again on Wednesday morning, ahead of the scheduled meeting against Sweden on Saturday in the League of Nations, and it turned out that Vida, 31, had been infected in the meantime.
Problem, he was only informed after the start of the game against Turkey.
Immediately after the arrival at half-time of the match of a first suspect result concerning him, the Croatian player was placed in isolation by the medical team of the selection.
Confirmation of his contamination fell after the end of the match (which ended in a 3-3 draw), "after midnight" after a second test, according to the press release.
All other players are negative
"Vida will remain in isolation in Istanbul in the coming days, in compliance with the rules in force," he added.
The Besiktas player (Turkey) will miss Croatia's next two games in the League of Nations, against Sweden on Saturday and against Portugal on Tuesday.
“All other players and staff have tested negative and will travel to Sweden according to the schedule,” the statement concluded.
Vice-world champion, Croatia occupies third place in Group 3 of the League of Nations, behind Portugal and France, world champion.
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