Covid hits Manchester United camp; puts the Brentford game in doubt
United are scheduled to visit Brentford on Tuesday and are awaiting guidance on whether the fixture can go ahead. Tottenham Hotspur had their game against Brighton & Hove Albion on Sunday postponed after a number of players and staff returned positive tests.
Manchester United league game against Brentford has been placed in doubt after a number of Ralf Rangnick’s squad and staffs tested positive for Covid-19. Training was adjusted to individual and non-contact sessions outdoors for those who returned negative tests.
The Premier League has been notified of the outbreak, but Tuesday’s game away against Brentford remains scheduled to go ahead at this stage.
United’s squad and associated backroom staff were cleared to travel to Norwich City ahead of their win on Saturday after being given a clean bill of health during the last round of routine tests.
On Sunday, a group of players and staff returned positive lateral flow tests and were sent home from training. The remaining players trained outside and in non-contact and individual sessions.
Last week, eight Tottenham players and five staff members returned positive tests with Spurs’ matches against Rennes and Brighton postponed as a result.
On Saturday, West Brom were hit by an outbreak, with four defenders testing positive before their match with Reading. Sheffield United’s clash with QPR at Bramall Lane on Monday has been postponed after the visitors returned a number of positive coronavirus cases and were left with with “insufficient numbers to fulfil the fixture”.
Brentford boss Thomas Frank is planning for the game to take place but wants more clarity over rules regarding Covid-19 postponements. “We are planning to play the game, That’s what we are focusing on. We can’t control anything else.” Frank said.