Isolating Kasey Palmer to miss FA Cup game against Portsmouth as Bristol City get coronavirus test results back

Bristol City have revealed that only one player within their camp tested positive for Coronavirus this week – Kasey Palmer.
Bristol City midfielder Kasey Palmer Picture: Pete Norton/Getty ImagesBristol City midfielder Kasey Palmer Picture: Pete Norton/Getty Images
Bristol City midfielder Kasey Palmer Picture: Pete Norton/Getty Images

That’s after the Robins postponed their Championship game with Brentford last Saturday because of squad members displaying Covid symptoms.

Tests carried out on Monday, however, showed that the City first-team camp were coronavirus free.

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Palmer produced a positive test, but he only returned to Ashton Gate this week following a loan spell at Swansea.

He’ll now self-isolate and will not feature against Pompey in this Sunday’s FA Cup third-round tie (1.30pm).

There were initial doubts whether the game would go ahead following the late cancelation of Bristol’s Brentford fixture – but those fears have since been allayed.

Pompey are expected to reveal the results of their latest round of testing either later today or tomorrow.

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They’ve been out of action since a 2-0 win at Hull on December 18, after five positive coronavirus cases were recorded in the Blues ranks over the festive period.

That pre-Christmas run-out at the KCOM Stadium proved to be Cam Pring’s last game for Pompey.

He’s since returned to Ashton Gate after spending the first half of the season on loan at Fratton Park.

But the defender, along with James Morton – who was recalled from his loan move to Grimsby to help over an injury crisis at the Robins – is cup-tied and will not be able to feature against the Blues.

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Also out for the hosts will be Jamie Paterson, Joe Williams, Liam Walsh, Jay Dasilva, Callum O’Dowda, Jack Hunt and Andreas Weimann, who are all injured.

However, Sunday’s hosts will be boosted by news that central-defender Alfie Mowson is back in full training after a knee injury.

Nathan Baker has also been involved in preparations ahead of the visit of Pompey following a hamstring injury.

Meanwhile, Hakeeb Adelakun and Owura Edwards could both feature are they returned from loans spells at Hull and Grimsby respectively.

A message from the Editor, Mark Waldron

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