Shaqiri re-joins Swiss squad after negative COVID-19 test

FILE PHOTO - Carabao Cup Third Round - Lincoln City v Liverpool - Sincil Bank, Lincoln, Britain - September 24, 2020 Liverpool's Xherdan Shaqiri jumps advertising to pick up the ball Pool via REUTERS/Peter Powell

BERN (Reuters) - Switzerland winger Xherdan Shaqiri has tested negative for COVID-19, two days after returning a positive test, the country’s football federation (SFV) said on Thursday.

Shaqiri, 28, will travel with the squad to Spain for their Nations League match on Saturday although European soccer body UEFA will decide whether he can play, the SFV said.

Borussia Dortmund defender Manuel Akanji is in isolation but showing no symptoms after testing positive on Wednesday, it added in a statement.

Switzerland, beaten 2-1 at home by Croatia in a friendly on Wednesday, visit Germany in another Nations League match on Oct. 13.

Shaqiri, who has fallen down the pecking order at Liverpool, has been included in the Switzerland squad for the first time since the Nations League finals in June last year.

Writing by Brian Homewood; Editing by Toby Davis