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Jackson Tests Positive For Covid-19 But Rest of Squad Given All Clear
Tuesday, 20th Oct 2020 09:00

Town striker Kayden Jackson has tested positive for Covid-19 but the rest of the first-team squad and staff have been given the all clear ahead of this evening’s game at Doncaster.

Jackson, 26, called in sick on Friday as he was showing symptoms consistent with Covid-19 and was told to stay away from the training ground and self-isolate.

He underwent a test which came back positive and the frontman will now enter an isolation period of at least 10 days.

Although not required to do so by the EFL, the club tested all first-team players and members of staff yesterday morning with everyone being given the all clear. A number of young players had been put on standby just in case.

“The most important thing is that Kayden is feeling a lot better now,” physio Matt Byard told the club website.

“He was clearly unwell and was displaying moderate symptoms of the virus and with the test proving positive, he will be self-isolating for at least 10 days but it’s more likely to be 14.

“We tested all the first-team players and coaching staff first thing yesterday and the results have come back clear.

“It’s obviously a relief because we could have been missing several players or staff if the virus had been passed on. It’s a reminder to everyone about the situation we are all facing at the moment.

“I think it also backs up the stringent measures we have in place at the training ground that minimise contact as much as possible and that could well have been a factor in the virus not being passed on to other players and staff.”

Since they returned for pre-season training in August, players have driven to Playford Road already in their kit and return home immediately after the sessions are finished.

No shower or canteen facilities are in use and the squad adhere to social distancing advice.

Only general manager of football operations Lee O’Neill and a couple of administrative staff occupy the main training ground building with manager Paul Lambert and his backroom team based in the dome, along with the medical staff.

A deep clean of Playford Road took place yesterday with the senior players and staff the only ones given access.

“There are no guidelines to say we had to test the players and staff. No one [other than Jackson] has reported any symptoms but we felt we had a duty of care to test everyone -  and a duty of care to Doncaster as well,” O’Neill added.

“We have made the training ground as safe as we possibly can. We have strict protocols in place and it’s been that way since the players returned for pre-season.

“It provides challenges for sure and over the last 24 hours or so we didn’t know who would be available and who wouldn’t.

“We were always going to travel on the day but if we hadn’t got the results before setting off this morning then we would have looked at the players driving at least part of the journey to Doncaster in their own cars, which is obviously not ideal.

“As I said, challenging times but Covid is challenging everyone at the moment.”

Tonight's game at the Keepmoat Stadium against seventh-placed Doncaster kicks-off at 7pm.

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Northstandveteran added 09:06 - Oct 20
Great news that Kayden's feeling better.

He's a fit young man so hopefully he'll have a speedy recovery.

OwainG1992 added 09:16 - Oct 20
Glad the games going ahead.

BaddowBlue1 added 09:17 - Oct 20
Wishing Kayden a good recovery and in sounds like the club have got everything under control.

RobITFC added 09:24 - Oct 20
So Rooney has to self isolate and miss 3 games for Derby despite testing negative aftre a friend visited him, so what is the difference with the Ipswich squad who also test negative but must have been in contact with Kayden before last Friday ?

MickMillsTash added 09:48 - Oct 20
You would think he socialises with Town players outside of the training ground where limiting infection relies on the rare commodity of footballers common sense
If it is just him who's got it we've very been lucky.

Anyway lets hope Jackson is back shortly - unless Sears or Judge find their 'inner Vardy' we need a forward.

Bradleyblue89 added 10:17 - Oct 20
Wish him a speedy recovery. It appears Covid isn't as contagious at the club as ACL's and Groin strains, and for that I am relieved..

big_gaz67 added 10:20 - Oct 20
I am a bit confused by the "Although not required to do so by the EFL, the club tested all first-team players and members of staff yesterday morning with everyone being given the all clear".

Aren't all players subject to regular testing to enable them to partake in the games?

Juggsy added 10:25 - Oct 20
How will we cope without him for 10 days? ... oh

PhilTWTD added 10:27 - Oct 20

No, EFL players haven't been undergoing regular testing. I believe Town had done more than most even prior to yesterday's tests.

bobble added 10:36 - Oct 20
as there is no test in the world better than about 60% accuracy, how is a single test result on this bloke safe ?

BasingstokeBranch added 11:46 - Oct 20
RobITFC - I think the difference in rules and treatment of risk comes down to whether contact with a positive case is inside or outside. I understand that players are arriving and leaving the training ground in their kit to avoid indoors contact. Rooney's contact was indoors.

jabberjackson added 12:54 - Oct 20
Because, bobble, he has had the symptoms and tested positive
And taking all the precautions as a result
What is not 'safe' about that

terryf added 15:36 - Oct 20
Good to see that our Club has stringent measures in place to combat the spread of this virus. It's a bit like an Agatha Christie book though at the moment with our strikers. Lets hope we don't finish up with ''and there were none'' by the end of tonight's match.

More by luck than judgement Lambert has ended up with Freddie playing in his best position down the middle and also Gwion out on the left. All the supporters have been aware of both players being out of position for many a month (or year), so what the hell goes on in training?

If we can keep up the tempo tonight as we did second half on saturday I'm confident we can get a result. I'd be happy with a point to be honest.

Lightningboy added 15:54 - Oct 20
Just give Freddie a run up the middle - he is a striker let’s remember & does score when played in his correct position as he’s proved in the past.

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