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Newcastle United Official Statement: Covid hits pre-season preparations

2 months ago
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A Newcastle United Official Statement on Saturday afternoon has revealed positive covid test.

Pre-season preparations disrupted as Karl Darlow tests positive.

In total, three players out of action, as Mark Gillespie and Freddie Woodman have been identified as close contacts and are also required to self-isolate for ten days despite receiving negative test results.

The friendlies on Sunday were set to see a mixture of first team players and Under 23s play in both games.

However, to minimise mixing, York will play an NUFC first team squad, Harrogate get to play the Under 23s.

Newcastle United Official Statement:

Newcastle United can confirm that goalkeeper Karl Darlow has received a positive Covid-19 test result during routine testing at the club’s pre-season training camp near York.

In line with coronavirus protocols, Darlow is required to self-isolate for ten days. All other players and staff within the first team group have returned further negative test results following additional testing.

Two players – goalkeepers Mark Gillespie and Freddie Woodman – have been identified as close contacts and are also required to self-isolate for ten days despite receiving negative test results.

As a result, Newcastle United will now send a first team squad to York City on Sunday, while an Under-23s squad will travel to Harrogate Town to minimise mixing between the groups.

Everyone at Newcastle United wishes Karl a speedy recovery.

Newcastle United head coach, Steve Bruce, said: “Unfortunately, Karl Darlow has tested positive for Covid-19 and it has affected the goalkeepers, with Mark Gillespie and Freddie Woodman coming into relatively close contact and needing to self-isolate.

“Thankfully, everyone else has been tested again and all those test results were negative.

“Because there has been a positive case, a first team group will travel to York on Sunday and the match at Harrogate will now be made up of under 23s players.

“I have spoken to Simon Weaver, who was very understanding, and I would like to apologise to any Harrogate supporters who have bought tickets thinking first team players were coming.

“Ultimately, we have to follow the advice from medical professionals and take proactive steps to protect players and we simply can’t mix up the dressing rooms, which was our initial plan.”

For the latest coronavirus guidance, please visit gov.uk/covid19.

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