Kenny Jackett braced for training return of Portsmouth pair who tested positive for coronavirus

The two Pompey players diagnosed with coronavirus were today expected to return to training.

Tuesday, 16th June 2020, 11:47 am
Updated Tuesday, 16th June 2020, 11:47 am
Kenny Jackett has revealed the two players who tested positive for coronavirus were expected back into training today. Picture: Bryn Lennon/Getty Images

The pair, who requested not to be named, tested positive for the pandemic at the start of last week.

As a result, they self-isolated for seven days and didn’t feature in Sunday’s 3-1 friendly defeat at Reading.

Now Kenny Jackett will welcome them back into Blues training as he prepares his squad for the League One play-off semi-final against Oxford United.

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He told The News: ‘The two of them had no symptoms, but you still have to respect the fact. They are fine anyway.

‘We have complied with the EFL and the EFL doctor has been very good in terms of making sure the overall policy of keeping everybody clear is working.

‘We do feel we’re covering bases by having tests twice a week.

‘I go off symptoms and, in general, look at people’s wellbeing. If anybody feels under the weather they have to report it and that helps us with the general outbreak, which could curtial us in terms of the semi-final.

‘We are geared in a policy towards isolating and stopping it from spreading. Having the tests twice a week is a big thing.’

Pompey’s most recent set of test results, revealed on Sunday evening, gave them the all-clear.

They did not include the two who previously tested positive, as they were self-isolating.

In March, Sean Raggett, James Bolton, Andy Cannon, Ross McCrorie and Haji Mnoga were diagnosed.

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