Stefan Marinovic withdraws from All Whites squad after contracting Covid-19

The All Whites have been forced to make a late change to their squad for games against Jordan and Uzbekistan in the United Arab Emirates after first-choice goalkeeper Stefan Marinovic tested positive for Covid-19.

The 27-cap international is fully vaccinated and will remain in Israel with his club Hapoel Nof NaGalil.

Marinovic has been replaced by the uncapped Matthew Gould, who plays for English fifth-tier club Altrincham FC.

Gould is the son of ex-Scotland international and current All Whites goalkeeper coach Jonathan Gould.

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He joins Michael Woud and Jamie Searle, who is also uncapped, as the three goalkeepers in the squad.

The All Whites were unable to call upon Wellington Phoenix shotstopper Oli Sail due to his ongoing hip flexor injury.

“Obviously first and foremost we wish Stefan a speedy recovery. Luckily he isn’t experiencing any major symptoms and is vaccinated, so I’m sure he will be back on the pitch soon,” coach Danny Hay said.

“We have good depth in goal. Even though we are missing Stef, as well as Oli Sail who is also recovering from injury, I have every confidence in Michael and Jamie who were both part of our Olympic campaign.

“The situation also now gives us the opportunity to bring Matthew Gould in for the first time, someone who has been on our radar for a while.”

The All Whites are scheduled to play Jordan in Abu Dhabi on Saturday and Uzbekistan on Wednesday.

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