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Serbia's Milivojevic out of Euro playoff after positive COVID-19 test

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - UEFA Nations League - League B - Group 3 - Serbia v Hungary - Rajko Mitic Stadium, Belgrade, Serbia - October 11, 2020 Serbia's Luka Milivojevic in action REUTERS/Marko Djurica/File Photo

(Reuters) - Serbia midfielder Luka Milivojevic has tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss their Euro 2020 playoff clash at home to Scotland later on Thursday.

The 29-year-old Crystal Palace captain, who has 38 caps, tested positive on Monday after arriving at the national team’s training centre in Stara Pazova from England and a follow-up test was also positive, said the Serbia Football Federation.

“He will stay in Serbia in accordance with current laws of the Republic of Serbia related to the COVID-19 pandemic,” the federation statement added.

“All the players and technical staff members of the A team had negative results after additional testing, hence all the other representative players are available to the coach Ljubisa Tumbakovic for tonight’s game.”

The winners of the playoff will earn a place at the European Championship finals which have been rescheduled for next year.

Reporting by Martyn Herman; Editing by Ken Ferris