Steve Bruce now fears that TWO of the current squad are suffering from the effects of ‘long’ COVID in the aftermath of our training ground outbreak.
Recent studies have shown that some patients have reported to be struggling to shake off the effects of the virus, with some feeling symptoms of fatigue, dizziness and breathlessness months after they contracted the virus.
Worryingly, Bruce has told the press that there are two members of the first-team squad who are showing signs of continued distress caused by coronavirus.
Here’s his alarming update on the two players suffering, revealing how even a half an hour walk has left them needing to go back to bed:
“My thoughts are with the two players, and the welfare of them.
“It’s frightening when you think they are young and fit and absolutely supreme athletes. If anybody needs reminding of how serious this is, then we have witnessed it.
“We’ve had vomiting, sores, mouth ulcers, no smell, no taste, but the big thing, and which is the worrying, is the welfare of one or two of them. It’s not great at all.
“That long-term Covid is something which you wouldn’t think possible in young, fit, athletes. Unfortunately, it is so.
“They go for a walk for half an hour and then they want to go back to bed. It’s as brutal as that.
“The fatigue is the one thing that has hit them all. For two of them, it’s beyond that. We hope there’s light at the end of the tunnel, but some are finding it a struggle.”
Bruce was then asked when the unnamed duo may be fit to return, insisting they won’t be back until the new year:
“I really don’t know (when they’ll be back). It’s had a damaging effect.
“So it won’t be a week or two – it’s going to be longer than that.
“We hope they recover properly and I will give them the time to recover because it’s about the welfare of them and their long-term health.
“If one or two of them have got long-term Covid, like it seems, then it’s very difficult to manage.”
Four players who have not been involved at all since our training ground outbreak are Lascelles, Schar, Saint-Maximin and Manquillo.
Whoever the two players are, we should expect them to be out for a further few weeks yet and wish them all the best in their recovery.
As Bruce says, it is worrying that elite athletes in the prime of their careers are getting crippled due to coronavirus.