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Tierney, internationals and Covid + Ozil and Sokratis set for disappointment

Morning all. Despite the transfer window excitement, as I’m sure you know we’re now in the middle of an Interlull. That means players are away, they’re travelling, and it increases their risk of exposure to Covid-19.

Yesterday, the Scottish FA released a statement which said that because he’d been in close contact with someone who had tested positive for the virus, Kieran Tierney would now be required to self-isolate for a period of 14 days. Very quickly Arsenal released a statement of their own seeking clarification on the matter, and quotes from the left-back, who said:

I’m so disappointed and frustrated to be in this situation. I have adhered to all regulations and made sure I was socially distancing from my team mates in the hotel. I’ve also tested negative. I know Arsenal and the SFA are now in discussions with the Scottish authorities to gain a further understanding.

Many of the international games are qualifiers, or Nations League, but it’s amazing to me that there are friendlies in there too. Germany, with Bernd Leno in goal, played one against Turkey last night. New signing Thomas Partey is playing two friendlies for Ghana; and while England have two…