Leeds United hit by first positive Coronavirus test

04 Jun 2020 02:52 pm, by YorkshireSquare

The Daily Mail has revealed that at least one individual from Leeds United has tested positive for Covid-19. The result comes after the latest round of testing where nine new positive cases from six separate clubs have been discovered after 1,094 players and staff were tested between Saturday 30th May and Tuesday 2nd June. This is the first instance of a positive test at Leeds since the return to training last month. It is not clear yet whether the positive result is from a member of the playing squad or coaching staff but they will now have to self-isolate for seven days. A blow for the club who only resumed contact training earlier this week. Leeds United say they will not comment on test results.

The resumption of training had gone well up to this point for Leeds, with the players looking in great shape on their return to Thorp Arch. The new running track at the training ground was one of Bielsa’s big changes over the summer and the players have been putting in the hard yards. Every single player has come back and beaten the stats they were putting in pre-lockdown. It certainly looks as though the players fitness levels are high with the step up to contact training helping them get match fit over the next couple of weeks. However, if multiple players have to start isolating this could cause issues for the resumption of the season.

Leeds had invested in their own testing equipment and will now use this to conduct additional tests to contain the spread of the virus within the club. Other clubs to have had positive results in this round of testing include Sheffield Wednesday, Huddersfield and Preston who all confirmed that they had one individual amongst the positive results. Out of four rounds of testing so far only 24 individuals have returned a positive result from over 4,000 tests conducted. How the positive test will affect Leeds United’s preparations for a return to competitive games will become clearer this weekend when the results of the next round of testing are announced.

Rumours on social media indicate Robbie Gotts could be amongst those who tested positive, how much substance there is in those rumours is as yet unclear. Journalist Alan Nixon revaled on Twitter this morning that one top club has three young players who have tested positive. Should we be concerned this might be Leeds?