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5 January 2021

First-team squad and staff checked for virus but Club not aware of EFL move to mandatory twice weekly tests

Town are testing all the first-team squad and staff today for Covid-19 in line with all EFL clubs.

Every Championship, League One and League Two club has been instructed by the EFL to carry out a comprehensive test for the virus across their playing and coaching staff at the start of this week.

Town are among a number of League One clubs that have had games postponed over the last month because of positive Covid cases, with Blues recently having eight players contracting the virus as well as a member of the Academy coaching staff.

While most of the Covid-hit players have returned to training, Paul Lambert and Lee O’Neill, general manager of football operations, who both tested positive before Christmas, are still showing the effects of the virus.

Stringent precautions remain in place at the Playford Road training camp with no dressing-room areas in use, or the canteen. The building is limited to just a couple of members of staff, with the first-team players turning up for training already changed and leaving straight after the session is finished.

The training ground is used by the first-team only in the morning, with the Academy squad training in the afternoon.

Reports in the national media have suggested that all EFL clubs will be asked to test players twice a week for Covid but Town have not been informed of any such request at the moment.

Blues are next in action against Swindon on Saturday in front of the Sky TV cameras, having not played since a 2-1 win over Burton in mid December.

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