Arsenal hothead Granit Xhaka was not vaccinated before getting Covid

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Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka has not been vaccinated against Covid it has been revealed after he tested positive.

Xhaka is currently isolating while on international duty for Switzerland after returning a positive PCR test.

The 28-year-old had initially tested negative, but has since been forced to isolate and missed Wednesday's friendly win over Greece.

The positive test threw up a question mark over whether or not the Gunners ace has been vaccinated or not, along with the rest of those on duty for Switzerland.

And the Swiss FA's head of communications Adrian Arnold confirmed that he was yet to be jabbed.

"Granit Xhaka was not vaccinated," Arnold said.

"He's a player who isn't vaccinated. We left this up to each player, it's a personal decision of each player – just like any other person in Switzerland.

"We have issued a recommendation that everyone vaccinate. But he decided for himself personally. And it is also his right not to be vaccinated."

That is not the case for many of the other players in the Switzerland set up though, Arnold insisted.

He added: "All the other players in the team have been vaccinated or have recovered [from Covid] – so they are more or less safe, at least from a medical point of view. One is never quite sure.

"Accordingly, we have a very high vaccination rate.

"Now, unfortunately, Granit got caught. From a sporting point of view, it is a shame for us at this important moment."

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According to Swiss outlet Blick, one member of staff has also gone into quarantine.

Xhaka looks set to miss the World Cup qualifiers against Italy and Northern Ireland as a result of the positive coronavirus test, though he will have another PCR test on Thursday.

The hotheaded midfielder usually takes the captain's armband when representing Switzerland.

And the Swiss' next two matches are of huge importance as to whether or not the Swiss qualify for Qatar 2022.

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