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COVID-19 case sends Norway squad into quarantine before Austria game

Norway will be without Erling Braut Haaland and Martin Odegaard for Wednesday’s Nations League finale in Austria as the squad was ordered to quarantine after a team-mate tested positive for Covid-19.

UEFA cancelled Norway’s match in Romania at the weekend after Norwegian authorities banned the squad from travelling to Bucharest following a positive test returned by full-back Omar Elabdellaoui.

As a result each member of the team has been forced to self-isolate, and a squad of replacements will be sent to Vienna for a match Norway must win to finish top of the group.

The Norwegian football federation is expected to name a new squad comprising only overseas-based players after reaching an agreement with local health authorities.

“Difficult choices had to be made but we’re happy now that the match can be played, as much as from a sporting point of view as in relation to our UEFA commitments and the competition in which we are participating,” Norwegian FA secretary general Pal Bjerketvedt said in a statement.

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