Israeli midfielder tests positive for COVID-19 ahead of match versus Czechs

Israeli midfielder Nir Bitton has tested positive for the coronavirus ahead of the Nations League match tomorrow against the Czech Republic.

Bitton’s COVID-19 infection is announced by Scottish club Celtic.

The diagnosis comes after three Czech Republic players have tested positive.

The Czech players were not identified and were in isolation, while 16 others — 11 players and five staff members — were retested. Of the 11 players, 10 tested negative and one result was again inconclusive, the Czech Football Association said on Saturday.

The Czechs play in Haifa tomorrow, and Scotland in Glasgow on Wednesday.

— with AP

Israel’s Nir Bitton shoots a penalty shot during the Euro 2020 playoff semifinal soccer match between Scotland and Israel, at the Hampden stadium in Glasgow, Scotland, October 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)

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