Serbia v Scotland: Hosts only missing two players after Italy Covid-19 confusion

Serbia players celebrate
Serbia beat Norway to reach the European Championship play-off final
Euro 2020 play-off final: Serbia v Scotland
Venue: Rajko Mitic Stadium, Belgrade Date: Thursday, 12 November Time: 19:45 GMT
Coverage: Listen to commentary on BBC Radio Scotland and follow live text updates on the BBC Sport website & app; watch highlights on Sportscene

Serbia will be missing just two of their squad to face Scotland despite initial fears over lockdown measures.

Head coach Ljubisa Tumbakovic confirmed on Monday that captain Aleksandar Kolarov of Inter Milan and Lazio's Sergej Milinkovic-Savic had left Italy.

And the Serbia FA said two more Serie A players - Nikola Milinkevic and Dusan Vlahovic of Fiorentina - had arrived.

It means only Sassuolo's Filip Djuricic, who has Covid-19, and Werder Bremen's Milos Veljkovic miss out.

Italy-based forward Djuricic scored twice in Serbia's win over Scotland in 2013, while defender Veljkovic has not been involved in the national team's recent matches.

Speaking on Monday, Tumbakovic said Serbia "also have a problem" over an injury to Kolarov, which prevented the defender playing in Inter's 1-1 draw with Atalanta on Sunday.

Milinkovic-Savic started Lazio's 1-1 draw with Juventus, while defender Milinkevic helped Fiorentina secure a point in a 0-0 draw away to Parma, with striker Vlahovic an unused substitute.

Those appearances were followed by reports in Italy suggesting some local authorities would prohibit clubs from releasing players for international duty.

Milinkovic-Savic in particular has been an important player in Serbia's progress to the final, which will be played behind closed doors for a place in next year's delayed tournament.

He scored both goals in the 2-1 semi-final win over Norway after coming off the bench, with Kolarov and Milinkevic starting in defence and forward Vlahovic an unused substitute.

Serbia squad

Goalkeepers: Predrag Rajkovic (Reims), Marko Dmitrovic (Eibar), Emil Rockov (Fehervar), Dorde Nikolic (Basel).

Defenders: Aleksandar Kolarov (Internazionale), Nikola Milenkovic (Fiorentina), Stefan Mitrovic (Strasbourg), Filip Mladenovic (Legia Warsaw), Uros Spajic (Feyenoord), Strahinja Pavlovic (Monaco), Nikola Maras (Almeria).

Midfielders: Dusan Tadic (Ajax), Luka Milivojevic (Crystal Palace), Filip Kostic (Eintracht Frankfurt), Nemanja Gudelj (Sevilla), Nemanja Maksimovic (Getafe), Mijat Gacinovic (Hoffenheim), Sergej Milinkovic-Savic (Lazio), Nemanja Radonjic (Marseille), Sasa Luc (Torino), Darko Lazovic (Hellas Verona), Aleksandar Katai (Red Star Belgrade), Marko Grujic (Porto), Mihailo Ristic (Montpellier), Sasa Zdjelar (Partizan), Lazar Randelovic (Olympiacos).

Forwards: Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham), Luka Jovic (Real Madrid), Dusan Vlahovic (Fiorentina), Dorde Despotovic (Rubin Kazan).

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