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Shaqiri cleared to travel with Switzerland after negative Covid-19 test


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Xherdan Shaqiri has been cleared to travel to Spain for Switzerland's UEFA Nations League match against Spain after testing negative for Covid-19.

The Swiss international became the third Liverpool player to test positive for the virus within seven days - after Thiago Alcantara and Sadio Mane - and had been self-isolating while on international duty with Switzerland along with team-mate Manuel Akanji.

However in the latest round of tests conducted by the Swiss Football Association, Shaqiri returned a negative test.

"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," read the official Swiss FA statement.

"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."

Shaqiri has played just once for the Premier League champions so far this season, in the EFL Cup, but he has been named in the 24-man Champions League squad.

He will hope to feature for his country when they take on Spain on Saturday before playing against Germany in Cologne next Tuesday.


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