Newcastle United have released a positive update ahead of Saturday’s clash with West Brom, confirming that the training ground will reopen today.
The Benton base had been closed for 12 days following a Coronavirus outbreak at the club, and they confirm that those who’ve tested negative will be back training today for the first time since that 0-2 win over Crystal Palace.
Elsewhere, they state that those who’ve contracted the virus will continue to self-isolate until it’s safe to return.
Although this appears to be a BIG step towards Saturday’s game going ahead, the question on every NUFC fans mind remains just who has tested positive and what sort of team will Steve Bruce be able to field against the Baggies? More to the point, does he even has enough available senior players to do so?
The below statement appears like a positive update, yet it still leaves us in the dark to a large extent:
Bizarrely, the club continue to give supporters no clear update on the number of cases or whether the game will even go ahead – even if this is a positive sign that it may not be postponed after all.
Players who’ve tested positive have the right to keep that confidential, but the lack of transparency is typical of Mike Ashley’s Newcastle United here.
Either way, we must now wait, see and wonder what sort of starting 11 Steve Bruce will be able to field, with it believed that cases of COVID within the playing squad are into double figures.
Are our star men out? In which positions have we been hit hardest? Will we see U-23 stars like Elliot Anderson feature as a result of the oubtkreak?
Time will tell!