Liverpool star tests false positive after a round of testing ahead of UEFA Nations League fixtures for his country.
Liverpool star Xherdan Shaqiri showed a negative result for COVID19 when he initially took the test. Subsequently, the Swiss FA disclosed that the midfielder passed the latest series of testing and is ready to play for his nation.
Though, the 28-year-old was taken out of Switzerland’s upcoming UEFA Nations League games after testing positive.
Consequently, Shaqiri became the third Liverpool player to be out of fixtures because of the virus. He joined Thiago Alcantara and Sadio mane.
In any case, Shaqiri is now all set to represent his club and country.
The Swiss FA said in a statement on its official website: “The Swiss Football Association received this morning the written results of the national team A Covid-19 tests carried out yesterday on all players and staff. Only Manuel Akanji tested positive.
“All other tests are negative, including that of Xherdan Shaqiri. There is therefore currently only one positive case for the coronavirus in the national team.
“Manuel Akanji is in isolation and still has no symptoms. Other medical examinations are underway. All other national team players and staff will fly to Spain this afternoon, where the UEFA Nations League game against the Group A leaders takes place on Saturday.
“Following Xherdan Shaqiri’s negative Covid-19 test, the UEFA health committee must now decide on his eligibility to play on Saturday. At this stage, it is impossible to know when the decision will be taken. Shaqiri flies to Spain as planned.”
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Shaqiri spent time in self-quarantine, though can focus on training for the upcoming games.
For now, he will keep his attention on Switzerland. Although, he will be back in the Liverpool squad after the international break.
The Swiss did not find any club during the summer transfer season. Meaning, he will stay with the Reds until the next transfer window.
Explaining his decision to stay put, Shaqiri has told Thuner Tagblatt: “The media write a lot, but in the end, I’m with Liverpool.
“I have a long-term contract, and I really feel good. I have decided to stay with Liverpool. In football, there is always speculation.
“I think the national team comes at a good time to be able to play again and then attack again when I go back to Liverpool.”