The Telegraph have revealed that NUFC’s entire Benton base has been shut down and every single player placed into self-isolation after even more COVID tests returned positive yesterday.
As a result, Luke Edwards states that Friday night’s clash with Aston Villa has a genuine chance of being postponed.
This news comes just a few days after it was confirmed that FIVE first team players have now contracted the virus (three before Crystal Palace, then two more tested positive over the weekend), with the club now feared to be a hotspot for the disease.
The exact number of Newcastle players that have the virus isn’t clear and the individuals kept private, but there are fresh doubts as to what will happen on Friday, with training sessions cancelled, injured players unable to receive treatment and the risk of even more testing positive later this week still present.
On that subject, The Telegraph report that the training ground will remain shut on Tuesday, with Wednesday deemed to be the earliest possible return day.
Some suspect that the fixture may have to be rescheduled at a later date – and those fearing the worst believe that match could even be forfeited.
With none of our team training and Aston Villa hardly likely to host a COVID-ridden club, the situation is going to need some clarity within the next 24 hours if it’s to go ahead safely.