Newcastle United’s first-team squad is being forced to part ways at home after the club was forced to close the training ground again on Monday.
The club said it was “following proper protocol” after several unnamed players and backroom staff members contracted the coronavirus.
The Telegraph reported on Sunday that four players and a staff member tested positive for the virus last week.
Each player and staff member was then tested at home on Sunday, canceling sessions and injury treatment at the club’s training base on Sunday and Monday.
It is now understood that there were more positive tests when the club’s latest results were found on Monday afternoon, the Chronicle reported more mass tests in fear of further infections
Newcastle will take action against Aston Villa on Friday night, but there are suggestions that Steve Bruce may not be able to train before then.
However, Premier League rules make it unlikely that the club will suspend the encounter, despite the rule that each player or staff member on a positive test must be separated for 10 days.
The Premier League has issued guidelines to clubs that only a larger clash within the senior squad could force a suspension.
The club needs to sack 14 players to cancel the match – but the Premier League, with experience close to the senior squad, could consider the under-23s as an effective alternative to fixing.
On Monday night the Premier League confirmed that it had recorded 10 positive tests last week from 1,331 players and club staff.
Newcastle is not naming people who have tested positive.
They were without a number of first-team stars, including Andy Carroll, captain Jamal Lasellis, Emil Craft, star man Alan Saint-Maximin, Isaac Hayden and goalkeeper Martin Dubrovka before the 2-0 win at Crystal Palace on Friday night.
Which of these absences was covid-related or was not disclosed due to other injuries.
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