Emil Krafth has revealed that he was one of several Newcastle players that had COVID-19 prior to our postponed clash with Aston Villa.
Our Benton training ground was the centre of a mass outbreak a fortnight ago, forcing us to reschedule the trip to Villa Park and go without several key players in recent games against West Brom, Leeds and Fulham.
Now, Swedish international Krafth has opened up about his battle with the virus in last night’s matchday programme.
Here is what he said before our 1-1 with Fulham:
“I was out of training for two weeks.
“It was a hard two weeks.
“I had some symptoms.
“I wasn’t feeling too bad, but I couldn’t train for at least 10 days, only the last few days I was at home.”
He follows both Isaac Hayden and Federico Fernandez in confirming he’s had the virus – and it seems the latter is still feeling the after effects, with Steve Bruce confirming after last night’s game that the Argentine was forced off at half-time with “fatigue”.
Elsewhere, Saint-Maximin, Lascelles, Schar and Manquillo have been nowhere to be seen since news of the outbreak, suggesting they may have also been struck down by Covid.
With our next game just under a week away, let’s hope those badly effected can recover for Christmas and our tough-looking trip to Man City on Boxing Day!