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7 January 2021

Skipper on decision to step up testing for Covid at EFL level

Luke Chambers has welcomed the introduction of the new testing programme in the EFL but says it’s long overdue.

The EFL announced details of the plan yesterday in which players at all Championship, League One and League Two clubs will be tested twice a week from next Monday.

The move follows a surge in Covid-19 infections across the country, with a number of clubs seeing games postponed because of positive cases within their squads.

Town had 11 players and staff test positive before Christmas and will be in action against Swindon on Saturday for the first time since mid December after Covid saw four Blues games fall by the wayside.

The tests have been sourced from the private sector and will be fully funded by the PFA, with the skipper telling the Club website: “It’s obviously good news but it’s about time it was put into action. From minute one it should have been done.  

“At the end of the day, we’ve all got families. Everyone is in a lockdown and we’re still playing football without testing.

“It’s a shame that it needed around 50 games to be postponed for action to be taken – everything is alright until it’s not.

“We’ve done everything we’ve been asked to do. We haven’t been in the building at the training ground since March and followed all the protocols.”

While the Premier League players have been tested continuously this season, it’s been left to EFL clubs to fund any testing, with Town owner Marcus Evans covering the close on £40,000 bill Blues have chalked up since returning to training in August.

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