Rangers striker Cedric Itten joined up with the Swiss national team this week ahead of the triple-header of fixtures, with his international team-mate Xherdan Shaqiri of Liverpool testing positive for Covid-19.
The Swiss FA confirmed on their website this morning that Shaqiri had returned a positive test and announced that the Anfield star had been put into isolation, saying: “Xherdan Shaqiri has tested positive for Covid-19. In consultation with the health authorities, he is in isolation.
“The strict protective measures and requirements of UEFA for national teams in accordance with the ‘UEFA Return to Play Protocol’ have been strictly adhered to since the move began.
“Based on this, clarifications are currently underway with the local health authorities about how to proceed.”
Itten and his Swiss team-mates are due to take on Croatian, Spain and Germany over the coming week but will now have to do that without their most prominent name.
There’s no word yet on if any other players have had to isolate as a result of Shaqiri’s positive test but it will no doubt be something that is being closely monitored by the players’ clubs.
Shaqiri is the third Liverpool player to test positive recently after Thiago Alcantara and Sadio Mane both confirmed they had picked up the virus.
If Itten does have to isolate, it would almost certainly see him ruled out of the upcoming Old Firm clash on October 17 as Rangers look to extend their lead at the top of the Scottish Premiership.