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Four Portsmouth Players Test Positive for Coronavirus
Saturday, 21st Mar 2020 17:00

Four members of the Portsmouth squad, who were due to face the Blues at Portman Road today, have tested positive for coronavirus.

The quartet, James Bolton, Andy Cannon, Sean Raggett and Haji Mnoga, are self-isolating with Pompey having notified Public Health England. None of the players had showed any symptoms.

The Portsmouth players and first-team staff were tested on Tuesday in the wake of their FA Cup tie with Arsenal earlier this month.

Several of the Gunners squad had been in contact with Olympiakos and Nottingham Forest owner Evangelos Marinakis, who confirmed he had the virus last week, at their Europa League tie against the Greek club in late February. Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta also subsequently tested positive.

Pompey chief executive Mark Catlin said: ”Football is not immune from this virus and I can assure you that it only really hits home when those that you know contract it.”

Portsmouth, fourth in League One, were due to be in Suffolk today to face Town until EFL fixtures were initially postponed until April 3rd and then on Wednesday until April 30th at the earliest.

The Town squad, who have been away from Playford Road back at home since the Friday before last, have not been tested for the virus.

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alfromcol added 18:38 - Mar 21
Would have given us a chance of at least a draw??

TimmyH added 21:46 - Mar 21
Jackson at times has been 'self isolating' at times this season not by his choice though, by the manager playing him alone.

Northstandveteran added 10:00 - Mar 22
Accidentally down voted you Timmy.
On the plus side you're the 1st poster to receive one from me 😁

TimmyH added 10:41 - Mar 22
Hope you're feeling better NSV?...No worries, expecting to see a down vote from the usuals.

Northstandveteran added 16:32 - Mar 22
All good thanks Timmy.

Have a great network of friends dropping off essentials for me and my children.

I hope you and your family are well 😁

dirtydingusmagee added 17:10 - Mar 22
hopefully they all make good recovery, No good kidding ourselves, this is not going away anytime soon. As much as we like our sports, there are more important issues to worry about,that must take priority over any sport and its season .

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