Norway is scrambling to save its Nations League campaign by pulling together a second squad after a row over COVID-19 precautions with the country’s health ministry caused the cancellation of Sunday’s game away to Romania.

The Norwegian players were on their way to the airport on Saturday to catch a chartered flight to Bucharest when authorities told them that such a journey would breach the country’s stringent coronavirus measures because a player in the squad had tested positive.

That match was cancelled late on Saturday and the players originally called up left Oslo on scheduled flights on Sunday morning, leaving the country’s FA to try to cobble together a new squad for Wednesday’s group decider away to Austria.

“We are working with an alternative team, yes, but we’re not sure if we will make it,” Norwegian FA spokesperson Christer Madsen told Reuters via text message.


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