Luka Jovic to return to Serbia squad after ‘misunderstanding’ resolved ahead of Euro 2020 play-offs

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The Football Association of Serbia (FSS) announced before the New Year that one of their star players, Luka Jovic will have his return to the Serbia squad for their Euro 2020 play-off semi-final against Norway in March after a “misunderstanding” was resolved.

Previously, the Real Madrid striker was sidelined from international duty in September with an injury reported, only to then feature for his LaLiga club four days later. Serbia coach Ljubisa Tumbakovic was reportedly dismayed after the incident that led to Jovic quit his international duties.

“First FSS sporting director Matijasevic and then coach Tumbakovic have had a meeting with Serbian national team player Luka Jovic over the past few days, after which it is clear the Real Madrid striker is absolutely ready to be available in March matches,” the FSS posted on its Twitter page.

Jovic netted the crucial goal against Lithuania in June, but the team still fail to qualify in the competition on Jovic’s absence. On the other hand, Jovic has scored only once in La Liga since his €60million move from Eintracht Frankfurt to Madrid ahead of the 2019-20 season.

The play-off semi-finals take place on March 27, 2020 and the finals will be played on April 1. 2020. Teams who will play in this play-off as confirmed during a separate draw in November 22 were split into 4 paths. Here are the play-off fixtures to kick-off in March: *All times are in (GMT+8)

March 27, 2020: Play-off semi-finals

Path A: Iceland v Romania, Bulgaria v Hungary
Path B: Bosnia and Herzegovina v Northern Ireland, Slovakia v Republic of Ireland
Path C: Scotland v Israel, Norway v Serbia 
Path D: Georgia v Belarus, North Macedonia v Kosovo 

April 1, 2020: Play-off finals

Path A: Bulgaria/Hungary v Iceland/Romania
Path B: Bosnia and Herzegovina/Northern Ireland v Slovakia/Republic of Ireland
Path C: Norway/Serbia v Scotland/Israel
Path D: Georgia/Belarus v North Macedonia/Kosovo

March 27, 2020: Play-off semi-finals

Path A: Iceland v Romania, Bulgaria v Hungary
Path B: Bosnia and Herzegovina v Northern Ireland, Slovakia v Republic of Ireland
Path C: Scotland v Israel, Norway v Serbia 
Path D: Georgia v Belarus, North Macedonia v Kosovo 

April 1, 2020: Play-off finals

Path A: Bulgaria/Hungary v Iceland/Romania
Path B: Bosnia and Herzegovina/Northern Ireland v Slovakia/Republic of Ireland
Path C: Norway/Serbia v Scotland/Israel
Path D: Georgia/Belarus v North Macedonia/Kosovo