Scotland “will not play against” the Czech Republic on Monday, according to the Czech FA’s official Twitter account.

After facing Israel on Friday night at Hampden, Steve Clarke’s side was due to travel to Olomouc to take on the Czechs following their 3-1 win away to Slovakia.

“The national team will not play against Scotland on Monday due to representatives decision and the current situation with the COVID-19,” the Czech statement said.

 

“The national team ends current preparations with the immediate effect straight after the win against Slovakia.”

Patrik Schick and Tomas Soucek were withdrawn from the squad after a positive test in the camp and Slavia Prague chief Jaroslav Tvrdik threatened to pull out eight players after a staff member tested positive.

With the Czech’s withdrawing, Scotland should be awarded a 3-0 walkover by UEFA to boost their chances of topping their Nations League group and earning a possible World Cup playoff spot.

Scotland v Israel - UEFA Nations League GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 04: John McGinn of Scotland during the UEFA Nations League group stage match between Scotland and Israel at Hampden Park National Stadium on September 04, 2020 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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Steve Clarke’s side will have been slightly disappointed to have dropped two points against Israel and will now not be in action until the playoffs for the previous edition of the Nations League – against Israel.

After beating Slovakia 3-1 on Friday night, the Czech players will likely have been confident ahead of the clash with Scotland on Monday and a trip to Olomouc was likely to have posed a real difficulty for Clarke’s side.

 

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