Derby close training ground amid rise in coronavirus cases at club


Derby County have closed their training ground due to a rise in positive Covid-19 test results at the Championship club.

Derby confirmed that several first-team players and members of staff tested positive for coronavirus and are self-isolating, and the club are liaising with the English Football League (EFL) about their upcoming fixtures.

“Staff members and players were tested on Monday and have subsequently returned a number of positive results,” read a statement on the club’s official website.

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“The names of those individuals will not be made public for medical confidentiality reasons, but they and their close contacts must now serve a period of isolation at home in line with UK Government guidelines.

“In accordance with Derby County and EFL Covid-19 protocol, the club’s Moor Farm training ground has been closed with immediate effect.

“In addition, the club is in dialogue with the EFL and Football Association in relation to upcoming fixtures.”

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Derby lost 1-0 in the Championship last weekend at Sheffield Wednesday, who announced they had closed their training ground on Monday.

The Rams are scheduled to play at National League North side Chorley on Saturday in the third round of the FA Cup.

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