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Fleetwood Game in Doubt as Positive Covid Tests Now 11
Thursday, 24th Dec 2020 13:43

The Blues’ game at Fleetwood on January 2nd is in doubt with the total of positive Covid-19 tests at Town having risen to 11 - eight of them first-team players - while two other players are symptomatic despite testing negative and five football staff members are self-isolating having been in close contact with one of those who has tested positive.

On Saturday, Town revealed that boss Paul Lambert and five players had given positive results following tests last Friday, then general manager of football operations Lee O’Neill and another player tested positive at the start of this week.

The club tested 60 personnel on Wednesday including all the first-team and coaching staff who had previously had a negative result, academy staff and some members of the media team who had come into contact with players during the previous 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 told the club site.

“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.”

The Boxing Day home game against Northampton and the December 29th trip to AFC Wimbledon were called off following the initial positive tests, while Town say a decision on whether to make a request to the EFL for the postponement of the visit to Fleetwood remains under discussion.

On Tuesday, manager Lambert and physio Byard both called for a circuit breaker hiatus in the season.

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StirlingArcher added 14:22 - Dec 24
Games and points be damned... Wishing everyone well in these times

Suffolkboy added 15:18 - Dec 24
Very best wishes and hopes for Christmas and a return to good health !

BettyBlue added 17:02 - Dec 24
Like everything at ITFC, really poor.

Happy Christmas to everyone.

Ipswichbusiness added 17:45 - Dec 24
I know that it all looks pretty grim.

However, they say that the darkest hour is before dawn.

There are better times ahead.

Merry Christmas everyone!

Skip73 added 18:10 - Dec 24
Betty, at least wish well, it wouldn't hurt. I have been critical of the club and players but wish everybody a speedy recovery.
Merry Christmas Everyone.

FromIpswichToPhoenix added 19:55 - Dec 24
All gripes about this season and leadership aside, I wish everyone a speedy and full recovery.

BangaloreBlues added 21:27 - Dec 24
Symptomatic but with a negative test.

That's called a "cold".

Gforce added 22:35 - Dec 24
Get well soon to all the staff and players, merry Christmas, rest up and we will see you all back for a happy, healthy and successful 2O21.

blueinblue added 07:33 - Dec 25
A cold? It's idiots like you who think you know better than scientists etc. that have got this country in this state!

chappie added 08:03 - Dec 25
Firstly and most importantly, I hope everyone gets better and remains healthy. Sending best wishes...

Secondly, I so hope that this break means that by the time we start playing again we get two or three injured players back.

Does anyone know which ones are closest to returning? I’ve lost track!


ringwoodblue added 11:40 - Dec 25
Those who are sad enough (like me) to have seen Sky Sports News on Christmas Day may have spotted that they showed this Ipswich news under the Ch’ship section so maybe this is a good omen for promotion this season 🤞🏻

Razor added 11:59 - Dec 25
Yes I noticed that Ringwood and thought that was a really positive Covid side effect------and then I woke up!!

Miserable times indeed everybody but good luck and bestb wishes to all.

Razor added 11:59 - Dec 25
Yes I noticed that Ringwood and thought that was a really positive Covid side effect------and then I woke up!!

Miserable times indeed everybody but good luck and bestb wishes to all.

BangaloreBlues added 12:28 - Dec 25
@ blueinblue

Having a negative Covid test but having symptoms means that person has a cold or the flu, since the symptoms of Covid are "flu-like".
I don't have to be a scientist to understand logic.
So, I don't think I am an "idiot that has got this country in this state", thanks!
In fact, your comment is far more idiotic.

IpswichToon added 15:22 - Dec 25
Having a negative Covid test doesn’t categorically mean you don’t have it. Depending on the type of test they’re using, the accuracy could be as low as 80%. So if you’re symptomatic, yet have tested negative, you’re best to still presume it is Covid.

BangaloreBlues added 17:06 - Dec 25
Okay, let's assume all sniffles and coughs are Covid.
Now there is no more football until Spring at the earliest.
So, may as well just cancel another season.
Then we can start again in August.
Then next winter the same scenario will play out again.
I prefer to assume a cold is a cold, and the flu is the flu, unless a test says otherwise.
Because by your logic life, and everything in it, is pretty much over.
Anyway, I'm done with this, goodbye!

blues1 added 18:33 - Dec 25
Bangaloreblues. While technically it may be the case, it's not necessarily so. That's why people who test negative are now being told they still need to isolate for at least 10 days. As its possible they could actually prove to be positive. As this outbreak at the club has shown

Linkboy13 added 18:57 - Dec 25
Saying the game is in doubt is a understatement. Why we're still playing football at the moment is beyond me.

dirtydingusmagee added 19:52 - Dec 25
how about just wishing all well , instead of pretending to be Doctors, or Scientists ! after all that is only your in your spare time , we all know you are really football managers lol. Merwy quishmush all .

dubblue added 11:33 - Dec 26
Hear hear to the last post! Wishing all who have got Covid 19 a speedy recovery. Happy Christmas 🎄 all and best of luck for 2021! We really a championship side accidentally lost in division one!

norfolkbluey added 11:34 - Dec 26
They say every situation has a silver lining if you look for it. Surely this will be an advantage to us to get the team fit and healthy for the rest of the season. Things will get better and then lets see the opposition wilt.COYB we will get promotion this year.

dirtydingusmagee added 13:29 - Dec 26
like your optimism norfolkbluey, i can see so many postponed games building up it will end the same as last season .Dispite a vaccine being rolled out at some point, we are a long way from normality, stay safe.

algarvefan added 16:07 - Dec 26
To all players and staff a very merry xmas and to those with positive tests I wish you all a speedy and healthy return to the game.


Daniel72 added 16:17 - Dec 26
BangaloreBlue spoke some sense. This thing will be over when people stop believing the restrictions are to look after us and remove their masks.. otherwise stay silent and take the jab.. it's your choice.. I'm not telling anyone else how they should live.. Hopefully this little break will help some of our injury list recover from the genuine injuries they have and we can go back to the business of getting promoted before too long. Love and best wishes to all, even those who disagree with me.

tetchris added 16:54 - Dec 26
Some of the injured players might be back by the time town can play again

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