Connah's Quay Nomads players test positive for coronavirus ahead of Europa League clash

Daily Post 17.09.2020 10:29:37 Owen Evans

Three Connah's Quay Nomads players have tested positive for coronavirus ahead of tonight's Europa League clash with Dinamo Tbilisi.

Manager Andy Morrison is facing a selection headache after the club confirmed three senior players had tested positive for Covid-19, with a fourth self-isolating with symptoms of the virus.

The Deeside-based club have said they will play on with a squad of just 14 players in the huge second qualifying round fixture against the Georgian champions.

The match is being held behind closed doors at The Racecourse Ground in Wrexham.

In a statement, the club said: "On Tuesday night our entire playing squad, coaching staff and operational staff undertook the mandatory Covid-19 testing, as stipulated by UEFA, and as a result, three senior players have tested positive with an additional player showing symptoms of the virus.

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"Throughout our return to play, we have adhered to all of the regulations and recommendations put in place by both FAW and UEFA.

"The health and safety of our staff and players is our absolute priority at all times and every single decision and action that we have taken reflects this.

"As a result of the positive tests, all affected players have been put into self-isolation with immediate effect."

The club added: "Following communications with Public Health Wales, UEFA and the Football Association of Wales today, we have followed all of the steps in the Return to Play protocol and every recommendation made to the club throughout each phase of our return to competitive football.

"By diligently following the advice of the relevant authorities, and putting extensive measures in place, we've been given the go-ahead to continue with hosting the game at The Racecourse.

"It'll be an enormous challenge for the club to take on the Georgian champions with just 14 available players but we will give it our all regardless."

The club are already without George Horan, who sustained a pulled hamstring and Aeron Edwards, who has broken his hand.

The clash, which kicks off at 6pm, is one of two for North Wales clubs still in the competition.

Bala Town are away to Belgian giants Standard Liege this evening, with kick-off at 7pm.

On Wednesday, The New Saints were knocked out of the competition after losing a penalty shootout to B36 Torshavn of the Faroe Islands.

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