World News – GB – Jackson tests positive for coronavirus – but rest of the city squad are clear on taking on Doncaster


Stuart watson

A statement from the club released this morning read: « Kayden Jackson said he was not feeling well last Friday and was told to stay home and not to attend practice He has been tested for the virus and has been self-isolating since showing symptoms

« Although the EFL was not compelled to do so, Town made the decision to test all first team players and coaching staff on Monday morning and all results came back negative »

Jackson will now self-isolate for 10 to 14 days, which means he will also be absent from games against Lincoln (a) and Gillingham (h)

City received news of the squad’s state of health last night, but if there are any young players waiting to make it to Doncaster tonight, several first-team players have received test results positive

The club’s strict Covid-19 protocols, which provide for continued banned use of the canteen and changing rooms at Playford Road and players stay in separate hotel rooms for trips away, have reportedly helped stop the spread of the virus within the team

Blues physio Matt Byard said: “The most important thing is that Kayden is feeling a lot better now

« He was clearly ill with moderate symptoms of the virus and with the test coming back positive he will self-isolate for at least 10 days but is more likely to be 14

« We tested all the first team players and the coaching staff yesterday and the results came back clearly

« This is obviously a relief as we could have missed several players or staff if the virus had been transmitted It is a reminder to everyone of the situation we are all facing right now

« I think this also confirms the strict measures we have put in place at the training ground which minimize contact as much as possible and which could well have been a factor in which the virus is not transmitted to other players and staff »

It is understood that Ipswich Town has tested their players, at a cost of around £ 5,000 at a time, once every two to three weeks

Town’s general manager of football operations Lee O’Neill said: « There are no guidelines to say we have to test players and staff No one reported any symptoms, but we felt we had a duty of care to test everyone – and a duty of care to Doncaster as well.

« We have made the training ground as safe as possible. We have strict protocols in place and it has been so since the players returned for the preseason

« It certainly poses challenges and for the last 24 hours or so we had no idea who would be available and who would not

« We were still going to travel that day (to Doncaster) but if we hadn’t had the results before setting off this morning then we would have watched the players driving at least part of the way to Doncaster on their own. cars, which is obviously not ideal

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World news – GB – Jackson tests positive for coronavirus – but the rest of the team of town is clear to take on Doncaster



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