Shaqiri re-joins Swiss squad after negative COVID-19 test

Shaqiri re-joins Swiss squad after negative COVID-19 test
FILE PHOTO - Carabao Cup Third Round - Lincoln City v Liverpool - Sincil Bank, Lincoln, Britain - September 24, 2020 Liverpool's Xherdan Shaqiri jumps advertising to pick up the ball Pool via REUTERS/Peter Powell

In Summary

  • Germany coach Joachim Loew on Thursday cut five players from his squad to face Ukraine and Switzerland in the Nations League as he banks on the experience of returning Bayern Munich and RB Leipzig players
  • Germany squandered the lead three times to settle for a 3-3 draw against Turkey on Wednesday, playing with a makeshift team as many players were rested

Switzerland winger Xherdan Shaqiri has tested negative for COVID-19, two days after returning a positive test, the country’s football federation (SFV) said on Thursday.

Shaqiri, 28, will travel with the squad to Spain for their Nations League match on Saturday although European soccer body UEFA will decide whether he can play, the SFV said.

Borussia Dortmund defender Manuel Akanji is in isolation but showing no symptoms after testing positive on Wednesday, it added in a statement.

Switzerland, beaten 2-1 at home by Croatia in a friendly on Wednesday, visit Germany in another Nations League match on Oct. 13.

Shaqiri, who has fallen down the pecking order at Liverpool, has been included in the Switzerland squad for the first time since the Nations League finals in June last year.

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