Sydney FC defender Ryan McGowan has tested positive for COVID-19, leaving him in extreme doubt for the Sky Blues’ AFC Champions League campaign.
In Scotland with his family, McGowan had been due to link up in Doha with the rest of the Sydney squad, who leave Australia on Saturday.
However, the Socceroos defender’s arrival in Qatar will now be delayed at best, and there is every chance he won’t take any part in the remainder of the competition.
Sydney coach Sydney FC revealed the news about McGowan after his side’s 3-0 friendly win over the Olyroos at Jubilee Stadium.
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“It’s not great,” Corica said.
“He won’t be joining us when we first get there … I’m hoping he’ll be there before the 20th (of November).
“He’s actually got no symptoms. He feels good but he obviously needs to quarantine now … and have another test (on Wednesday) before he comes.
“If he gets the all clear he’ll come and meet us, otherwise we’ll have to work out something else for him.”
That “something else” instead of going to Qatar is flying from Scotland to Australia to prepare for the start of the A-League season on December 27.
“If he can’t get there by the 20th he might have to come straight back to Australia,” Corica said.
Sydney were too good for the Olyroos, with first-half goals to Paulo Retre, Trent Buhagiar and Alex Baumjohann sealing the win.
“I’m happy, I think we can be better of course, it was a good test for us and the last hit out before we leave for Qatar,” Corica said.
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