Chelsea midfielder Mateo Kovacic is at risk of testing positive for Covid-19 after his international teammate Domagoj Vida played the first half of Croatia’s friendly against Turkey despite testing positive for coronavirus.
Vida was substituted at half-time after Croatia’s medical team discovered that the results of the defender’s test on Wednesday morning were ‘suspicious’. Further test then confirmed he was positive for Covid-19.
The incident may cause some concern for Chelsea boss Frank Lampard as Kovacic is in Croatia’s squad for the international break, although he did not feature in the 3-3 draw with Turkey.
A statement from Croatia’s Football Association read: “The medical service of the Croatian national team received initial information at the end of the break between the two halves that there was one potentially positive result.
“This is a common test procedure, and a ‘suspicious’ finding is retested to confirm the result.
“As at that time the coach Zlatko Dalic had already made the decision to change Vida, the medical service of the national team isolated Vida according to all epidemiological measures until the confirmation of the test results.
“All other national team members and staff members, who tested negative, are scheduled to travel to Stockholm.
“It is taken into account that the national team complied with all epidemiological measures, in accordance with UEFA’s Return to Play protocol.”