Arsenal winger Bukayo Saka has withdrawn from the England senior national squad after a Covid positive.
The Evening Standard report that Bukayo Saka has now missed England training on multiple days with an illness. He’s been forced to remain in his room.
Saka has now confirmed the illness is Covid-19, and he’s withdrawn from the England squad altogether.
Saka had previously tested negative for Covid, and on Thursday morning there was still hope Saka could feature next Tuesday against the Ivory Coast. That’s no longer going to be possible.
Arsenal have been a bit unlucky with illness lately, with Gabriel Martinelli missing Saturday’s game against Aston Villa through a non-Covid sickness.
It’s certainly a shame for Saka not to get a chance to show what he can do with England, given he’s in such strong form with Arsenal at the moment.
The 20-year-old has just received a nomination for Premier League Player of the Month, so there’s little doubt that he’s earned another international opportunity.
Arsenal fans will hope the winger’s withdrawal can allow him some rest and recovery, and at least the England fixtures are just friendlies.