A worrying update on the mass Covid outbreak at Newcastle United has emerged via another ‘exclusive’ from The Telegraph’s Luke Edwards this morning.
He reports that Coronavirus cases are now ‘well into double figures’, with the Benton training base forced to remain closed as a result – despite initial plans being for it to reopen today.
This comes a few days on from reports that EIGHT players had tested positive for the virus, highlighting how the situation has got worse, not better as we approach Saturday’s potential clash with West Brom that’s looking more and more likely to also be postponed.
It’s emerged that two players who have now contracted Covid were involved at Crystal Palace 10 days ago, meaning they were mixing with the squad before and after the game and likely to have made the situation worse.
With the situation anything but under control, The Telegraph report that Steve Bruce is reluctant to ask player and staff to return to the training ground, as they aren’t sure who may or may not be carrying the virus.
Luke Edwards also reports that some NUFC players carrying Covid have subsequently infected family members who fall into the high-risk category, making the situation even more severe.
So, not only is the outbreak anything but under control, it seems Steve Bruce feels unable to put out a team at present, with so many forced to isolate and the training ground closure meaning players haven’t been able to train for over a week.
The Telegraph state that Newcastle United will wait for a fresh batch of test results to return before asking the Premier League to postpone yet another game, with this coming after they approved our request to cancel last Friday’s trip to Aston Villa.