A new report has emerged from the Northern Echo today, revealing that Newcastle United are set to hold talks with senior officials at the Premier League ahead of next Saturday’s proposed clash with West Brom.
As we know, we would have been playing Aston Villa tonight had a COVID outbreak within the club not forced us to cancel.
The Northern Echo report that at LEAST eight first-team players have tested positive and it’s feared more could follow when the latest set of results come back, with The Telegraph claiming another TWO may also be carrying the virus.
Should the situation worsen in any way, Scott Wilson’s piece states that the Premier League could force Steve Bruce to field a host of Under-23 players – opposed to postponing another game altogether.
That being said, the Premier League’s need to protect player safety and the integrity of the competition, meaning the game could well be called off again if a rise in COVID cases and failure to contain the virus sees our training ground remain closed next week.
After all, we won’t be able to train or prepare for West Brom in any way, shape or form if the Benton base remains shut and the senior squad stuck in self-isolation.
All we can hope for is that no more positive tests are returned and those who contracted the virus last week recover so that the training base can reopen in good time for next Saturday’s clash with the Baggies.