TWO Serie A Serbia stars made a dramatic sprint residence to allow them to face Scotland on Thursday.
Semi-final hero Sergej Milinkovic-Savic and 94-cap skipper Aleksandar Kolarov headed to Belgrade regardless of Serbia’s plans being thrown into chaos by shock new Italian well being guidelines.
Sergej Milinkovic-Savic scored in semi-final win over NorwayCredit score: Reuters
Boss Ljubisa Tumbakovic’s plans regarded to have been wrecked when Italian medical chiefs refused to permit six top-flight golf equipment to let their gamers journey to play due to Covid issues.
They’d require to quarantine on their return to Italy – however Kolarov’s Inter crew bosses have been locked in discussions with authorities to see if offering non-public jets would get them spherical the principles.
It’s understood each Kolarov and Milinkovic-Savic flew to Serbia privately earlier than the Italian authorities’ decree.
Gamers from top-flight sides Fiorentina, Genoa, Inter, Lazio, Roma and Sassuolo are affected – and have threatened to wreck Serb boss Tumbakovic’s plans simply three days earlier than the assembly with Scotland in Belgrade.
Milinkovic-Savic was the two-goal Serb hero of their win in Oslo which arrange Thursday’s assembly with Steve Clarke’s aspect.
It is understood Kolarov and his Serbia team-mate flew again privately Credit score: Reuters
Filip Djuricic of Sassuolo, who’s already examined constructive for Covid-19, is unquestionably out.
And doubts stay over the provision of Fiorentina defender Nikola Milenkovic, together with Milos Veljkovic, who’s being prevented from travelling by his membership Werder Bremen.
Fiorentina frontman Dusan Vlahovic would additionally miss the conflict.
Serbia boss Tumbakovic named a 32-man squad for his or her three video games towards Scotland, Hungary and Russia so they’d be unlikely to name any new faces up.
In the meantime, the Serbia gaffer praised reverse quantity Clarke forward of Thursday’s conflict and warned his gamers to not underestimate the Scots.
Serbia gaffer Ljubisa TumbakovicCredit score: EPA
He mentioned: “Steve Clarke is a really skilled supervisor. In contrast to Norway, he doesn’t have superstars to work with, however he has a squad of gamers who work exhausting for one another.
“Their two most well-known gamers – Andy Robertson of Liverpool and Scott McTominay of Manchester United – combine nicely with the remainder of the crew.
“They’re extra organised than Norway and very combative and disciplined.
“Our drawback on this nation is that we’re underestimating them and we predict they’re weaker than Norway. They don’t seem to be.
“Soccer is a large a part of their tradition and they’re on an excellent run of type.”