Leeds United captain Liam Cooper avoids Scotland complications to start against the Netherlands

LEEDS United captain Liam Cooper has avoided the coronavirus complications within the Scotland squad and starts Wednesday evening's friendly against the Netherlands in Portugal.

Wednesday, 2nd June 2021, 8:36 pm

Seven Scotland players have not travelled with Steve Clarke's squad to the Estadio Algarve from their training base in the Spanish resort of La Finca.

David Marshall, Stephen O'Donnell, Nathan Patterson, Grant Hanley, John McGinn and Che Adams have stayed behind after the group were found to have been in general proximity of John Fleck, who returned a positive test for Covid-19 on Tuesday.

Marshall, O'Donnell, Patterson, Hanley, McGinn and Adams have tested negative multiple times - including on Wednesday - since joining up with the national team last week and are not required to self-isolate.

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But Hampden bosses have decided not to take the sextet to Portugal in order to be "ultra cautious".

Cooper has travelled and starts the first of two friendlies in quick succession as the Tartan Army build up to their first major tournament in 23 years at this month's Euros.

Scotland also face Luxembourg on Sunday evening.

Elsewhere in Wednesday's internationals, United forward Tyler Roberts is on the Wales bench for their friendly against France in Nice.

Leeds United captain Liam Cooper, centre. Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN/AFP via Getty Images.

Kalvin Phillips is also amongst the Three Lions substitutes as England take on Austria at the Riverside.

Robin Koch is also on the Germany bench for their friendly against Denmark.

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