Five Sweden national team players from England and Scotland will be unavailable in Wednesday’s International match against Denmark. This is due to quarantine rules in the United Kingdom.
The UK government who recently imposed another nation-wide lockdown in the Kingdom due to the discovery of a new strain of coronavirus which has evolved as a result of the virus’ ability to constantly undergo mutation has also been discovered in Scandinavia.
The new strain is said to have been spread by minks, and also by the movement of people in and out of Denmark causing the number of infected persons to drastically be on the high side.
Although, quarantine exemptions are being offered for elite sportspeople amid the global pandemic, but no green light will be given to the five players of the Sweden squad that are based in English and Scottish football.
A statement from the Swedish FA on its official website read: “Sweden’s five national team players from England and Scotland will not be available in the international match against Denmark due to quarantine rules. Instead, the players will join the national team gathering in Stockholm after the match.
“The five players affected are Robin Olsen, Emil Krafth, Filip Helander, Victor Lindelof and Ken Sema. Due to the United Kingdom’s quarantine rules against Denmark, the quintet will not be released by their clubs to take part in the international match.
“If the players need to be quarantined for more than five days after the national team gathering, there is no requirement for the clubs to release the players. In this case, our players will not be released for the match against Denmark.
“However, the clubs will release the players for the other two matches, against Croatia and France, says Stefan Pettersson. Substitutes will be called in for the international match against Denmark.”
Sweden are due to face Denmark on Wednesday, before then taking in UEFA Nations League clashes with Croatia and France.