Fleetwood game in doubt as positive tests climb at Portman Road
Town now have 11 positive Covid-19 cases following a second round of testing.
Manager Paul Lambert and five players showed positive after the first-team squad were tested last Friday.
Lee O’Neill, general manager of football operations, and another player then tested positive at the start of the week and on Wednesday, the Club tested 60 personnel including all the first-team and coaching staff who had previously shown negative plus Academy staff and some members of Town’s media team who had come into contact with the playing squad over the last week.
“From the second round of testing, we have two more first-team players who have tested positive and a member of the Academy coaching staff,” Town physio Matt Byard confirmed to the Club website.
"So we now have 11 positive cases in total and they are all following the Government guidelines and are self-isolating for a minimum of 10 days.
“In addition we have two players who are symptomatic although they have tested negative at this stage and we also have five football staff members who are self-isolating having been in close contact with someone who has tested positive.
“The training ground will remain closed and a deep clean will take place of all facilities at Playford Road.
“Players who have tested negative will train independently and away from the Club until further notice.”
Town were due to play Northampton on Boxing Day and AFC Wimbledon on December 29 but both games have been postponed. A decision on whether to make a request to the EFL for the trip to Fleetwood on January 2 to follow suit is still under discussion.
Suffolk will move into the highest level, tier 4, on Boxing Day with Covid cases in the county increasing at over 150% in some areas in the last week.