Xherdan Shaqiri cleared to travel to Spain for Switzerland’s Nations League clash after he became third Liverpool player to test positive for coronavirus

  • Xherdan Shaqiri will fly to Spain for Switzerland’s Nations League game
  • The Liverpool forward had been isolating after testing positive for coronavirus
  • But Shaqiri has subsequently tested negative in the latest round of tests
  • Liverpool team-mates Sadio Mane and Thiago Alcantara both tested positive  

Liverpool forward Xherdan Shaqiri will fly to Spain for Switzerland’s Nations League tie after testing negative for Covid-19.

The 28-year-old had been self-isolating, along with team-mate Manuel Akanji, after testing positive for coronavirus ahead of Wednesday’s friendly defeat to Croatia.

However, having received medical reports from the latest round of tests the Swiss Football Association revealed Shaqiri had subsequently tested negative.

Xherdan Shaqiri will fly to Spain for Switzerland's Nations League tie after testing negative for Covid-19

Xherdan Shaqiri will fly to Spain for Switzerland’s Nations League tie after testing negative for Covid-19

‘On Thursday morning the Swiss Football Association received the written results of the Covid-19 tests of the national team, which had also been carried out the day before with all players and staff members,’ said a statement.

‘Only Manuel Akanji tested positive. All other results were negative, including that of Xherdan Shaqiri.

‘Manuel Akanji is in isolation and continues to show no symptoms. Further medical investigations will take place.

‘All other players and staff members of the national team are flying to Spain this afternoon, where the UEFA Nations League game against the group A leader will take place in Madrid on Saturday.

‘After Xherdan Shaqiri’s negative Covid-19 test, the UEFA health committee must now decide on eligibility to play on Saturday.

Thiago (second from left) and Sadio Mane (third from left) also tested positive for Covid-19

Thiago (second from left) and Sadio Mane (third from left) also tested positive for Covid-19

Shaqiri has made just one appearance for Liverpool this season, in the win over Lincoln City

Shaqiri has made just one appearance for Liverpool this season, in the win over Lincoln City

‘When this decision will be made is still unclear. Shaqiri is flying to Spain as planned.’

Shaqiri became the third member of Jurgen Klopp’s squad to test positive for coronavirus after Sadio Mane and Thiago Alcantara. 

The trio all sat out of Liverpool’s 7-2 drubbing at the hands of Aston Villa on Sunday, but Jurgen Klopp will be hoping to have Mane and Thiago back in time for the Merseyside derby against Everton on October 17. 

It came after the Premier League confirmed on Monday that nine new positive coronavirus results were returned in the latest round of testing, but it was unconfirmed whether Shaqiri was included in that total. 

Shaqiri has made just one appearance for Liverpool this season, where he scored in Liverpool’s 7-2 thrashing of Lincoln City in the third round of the Carabao Cup last month. 

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