England women’s team head coach Sarina Wiegman has tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss their final Women’s European Championship group match against Northern Ireland on Friday, the team said.
Assistant coach Arjan Veurink will be in charge of the team for Friday’s game at St Mary’s in Wiegman’s absence.
Host and title favourite England has already qualified for the quarter-finals, alongside Germany and France.
“Wiegman will remain in remote contact with the players and technical staff and will be monitored regularly with a view to returning to all elements of her role as soon as possible,” the team said in a statement.
The Dutchwoman’s positive test comes after England defender Lotte Wubben-Moy also contracted the virus last week.
England is on top of Group A on six points following a 1-0 win over Austria and 8-0 thrashing of Norway. It is due to play its quarter-final game in Brighton on July 20 against the runners-up of Group B.