Coronavirus Woe for Newcastle United as Cases Rise to Five
Issues Started Last Week
Three employees were not involved in the successful 2-0 win away to Crystal Palace on Friday and, with new cases now being confirmed, the club need to act quickly ahead of their next game against Aston Villa.
One non-playing member of staff had tested positive ahead of the trip to Selhurst Park as part of those three employees. No players have been named but Sky Sports have reported that the two additional players testing positive are those who ‘have access to the training ground’.
New Round of Testing Needed
A new further round of COVID-19 tests will now need to take place before training facilities are able to be re-opened. Newcastle will be concerned that with more cases this might be a larger issue. If more positive cases are returned then Steve Bruce could be really struggling to prepare for upcoming games. As it stands, the squad have been given the weekend off and are due to return to training on Monday, pending the outcome of the new tests.
Newcastle are again in action on Friday when they visit Aston Villa. They then welcome West Bromwich Albion to St James’ Park before a trip to Elland Road and Leeds United. Those matches are followed by the busy holiday fixture list and Steve Bruce could be left struggling to field a full strength team should any more positive cases be confirmed.
Bruce told Sky Sports: “It is a concern and difficult to manage. We are trying our utmost to make sure we try and stay as safe as we can.”