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Premier League team reunites footballing twins

English Premier League strugglers Blackburn Rovers now have both Olsson brothers in their squad after signing Marcus, the twin of Martin, on Tuesday's January transfer deadline day.

Premier League team reunites footballing twins

Rovers’ official website said winger Marcus had joined the north-west side on a free transfer from Swedish club Halmstad on a two-and-a-half-year deal until 2014.

The 23-year-old is now awaiting international clerarance from the Swedish FA and FIFA.

His signing comes six years after central defender Martin’s transfer deadline day arrival at Ewood Park.

The brothers started their careers at local side Hogaborgs BK and had a trial with Blackburn at the end of 2005.

But while Martin signed a contract under then manager Mark Hughes, Marcus returned to Sweden and eventually signed for Halmstad in 2008, going on to score 17 goals in 139 appearances.

Marcus Olsson is the second player signed by Blackburn boss Steve Kean in the transfer window following the recent loan deal for Bordeaux striker Anthony Modeste.

Rovers are currently in the relegation zone, one point shy of safety, ahead of Wednesday’s league match at home to Newcastle.

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Croatian player tests positive ahead of Sweden match

Croatian midfielder Marcelo Brozovic tested positive for Covid-19 on Friday, a day ahead of the country's Nations League match with Sweden, the Croatian football federation (HNS) said.

Croatian player tests positive ahead of Sweden match
Croatian midfielder Marcelo Brozovic (left) tested positive for coronavirus on Friday. Photo: Miguel Medina / AFP
“Brozovic's Inter Milan and Swedish epidemiologists were informed about the positive test,” an HNS statement said.
   
The player's positive result came two days after defender Domagoj Vida was informed of a positive Covid-19 test after playing the first half of a friendly with Turkey in Istanbul.
   
Apart from Brozovic, 27, one staff member also tested positive.
   
They were both isolated from other members of the national team.
   
After Sweden, Croatia play another Nations League game against Portugal on Tuesday.
   
Croatia, runners-up at the 2018 World Cup, are third in their Nations League group which also includes France, the team that beat them to the World Cup, Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal and Sweden.
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