Granit Xhaka’s week has just gone from bad to worse.
The Swiss FA have confirmed that their captain is missing from this evening’s friendly with Greece because he has tested positive for Covid-19.
As things stand, he’s also in danger of missing World Cup qualifiers with Italy and Northern Ireland.
A statement says:
“Xhaka was diagnosed with symptoms on the morning of the game and was immediately isolated in his room. A quick test turned out negative, the subsequent PCR test, carried out to be on the safe side, produced a positive result in the evening. Xhaka stayed out of touch with his teammates all day. He will do another PCR test on Thursday.”
We’re not quite sure what happens if he tests negative tomorrow. It’s hard to imagine him being welcomed back into the dressing room as if nothing has happened.
Xhaka is already unavailable for Arsenal’s next three matches after he was red-carded at Manchester City on Sunday.
He actually touched on the decision to send him off in the pre-Greece press conference.
“About the red card: brutally surprising,” he said. “In connection with the Premier League, people often talk about English toughness.
“I hit the ball 100 per cent and got a red. The pictures were not checked by the VAR. I’ve seen tougher tackles that weren’t even assessed as a foul.
“Am I prejudiced against? I don’t know – I don’t want to judge. I’m not going to let it drive me crazy. I can’t undo anything anyway. All I can do is look ahead.”