Further to our Club Statement made yesterday (21 Oct), we can confirm a further six players / staff have presented positive COVID test results. These additional results follow the earlier tests carried out for the entire First Team players and backroom staff.
Close contact tracing has also resulted in an additional player being required to self-isolate for the full 14-day period, in spite of testing negative.
Overall, ten playing members of our First Team have been affected over the last two weeks. With one of these players ending his isolation period ahead of Saturday, there will be nine out of action for our FA Cup tie against Leiston.
Manager Peter Beadle has also returned a positive test and will not be able to lead the team for the mandated self-isolation period. Beadle is currently asymptomatic and doing well.
Subject to any change in the current situation, the Club remains confident of being able to field a team on Saturday and negative testing players will return to training from tomorrow. Another round of testing for all will be carried out next week and we remain in communication with the relevant clubs and regulatory bodies.
The Club will continue to keep supporters updated as and when we receive further information. All at the Club continue to wish all impacted players / staff a full recovery.
We politely ask that in line with COVID protocols that supporters refrain from coming to The Hive London to spectate during First Team training. This is to ensure the safety of all players, staff and supporters during this time and we thank you for your understanding regarding this.