Man United close their Carrington training ground for 24 hours due to Covid outbreak

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Man United shut down first-team operations at their Carrington training ground for 24 hours due to the club’s Covid outbreak… with the Red Devils ‘in talks with the Premier League’ over whether their clash at Brentford can go ahead

  • Man United have decided to shut down first-team operations at Carrington
  • Ralf Rangnick’s squad had their training session cancelled on Monday as well
  • A number of players and members of staff returned positive tests on Sunday
  • They are in talks with the Premier League about safety of the trip to Brentford 



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have been forced to shut down first-team operations at their Carrington training ground for 24 hours and cancel training on Monday because of the club’s outbreak.

A number of players and members of staff are said to have returned positive lateral flow tests on Sunday.

The Red Devils are reportedly in talks with the Premier League about whether or not it is safe for Tuesday’s Premier League clash with Brentford to go ahead.

Manchester United have been forced to shut down first-team operations at Carrington

Manchester United have been forced to shut down first-team operations at Carrington 

Ralf Rangnick's squad had their training session cancelled on Monday due to the outbreak

Ralf Rangnick’s squad had their training session cancelled on Monday due to the outbreak

A United statement read: ‘Manchester United can confirm that following PCR test confirmation of yesterday’s (Sunday’s) positive LFT Covid-19 cases among the first team staff and players, the decision has been taken to close down first team operations at the Carrington Training Complex for 24 hours, to minimise risk of any further infection.

‘Individuals who tested positive are isolating per Premier League protocols. Given cancellation of training and disruption to the squad, and with the health of players and staff the priority.

‘The Club is in discussion with the Premier League whether it is safe for Tuesday’s fixture against Brentford to continue, both from a covid infection and player preparation perspective. Team and staff travel to London will be deferred pending the result of that discussion.’

It is understood the whole group who travelled to Norwich for their 1-0 win on Saturday have tested negative.

A small number of positive lateral flow tests were reported among players and staff, with those individuals sent home before training got underway on Sunday.  

Victor Lindelof went off against Norwich with breathing problems, though there has been no confirmation that this was Covid-related

Victor Lindelof went off against Norwich with breathing problems, though there has been no confirmation that this was Covid-related

Other players trained outdoors with training adjusted to individual and non-contact sessions.  

News of the outbreak came a day after Victor Lindelof went off against Norwich with breathing problems, though there has been no confirmation that this was Covid-related. 

Defender Lindelof came off mid-way into their match with Norwich as he pointed to his chest, complaining that he was struggling to breathe.

Lindelof looked in discomfort and after a few minutes of treatment was taken to the dressing room, where he underwent tests.

United’s Covid outbreak comes after  recently had to postpone their UEFA Conference League fixture against Rennes last week and their trip to Brighton in the Premier League.

The club is reportedly in talks over whether it is safe for their clash with Brentford to go ahead

The club is reportedly in talks over whether it is safe for their clash with Brentford to go ahead

Covid ripped through the Spurs camp after their own 3-0 victory over Norwich. 

The Red Devils themselves had a number of cases already this season. Dean Henderson tested positive at the beginning of the campaign and went on to suffer from long Covid.

Jesse Lingard had to isolate during pre-season while Mason Greenwood had to do the same last month.  

There are fears the Omicron variant could continue to hit sporting fixtures as cases increase across the country.

The final two months of the 2019-20 season and virtually the whole of last season were played without any fans allowed in stadiums.

The government’s new Covid-19 rules will have significant ramifications for football fans up and down the country, with proof of double vaccination or a negative lateral flow test required to attend sporting events with crowds of over 10,000 people.  

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