Leeds United fans have been reacting on Twitter after the EFL confirmed that two people tested positive for coronavirus in their first round of testing.
In a statement on the EFL website, which was relayed by The Athletic’s Leeds journalist Phil Hay, it was announced that 1,014 tests on Championship players and staff were carried out but only two tests, from one club, came back positive.
From the EFL – 1014 players and staff from all 24 Championship clubs have been tested for COVID-19. Two individuals from one club have tested positive. They will self-isolate in line with EFL protocols. Details of the individuals and club involved haven’t been released. #lufc
— Phil Hay (@PhilHay_) May 24, 2020
It is undoubtedly major news ahead of second-tier clubs returning to training on Monday after well over two months since playing their last match before the coronavirus pandemic led to the season being suspended.
Of course, we send our best wishes to those two individuals who have caught the coronavirus and we hope that the next time they are tested, the results come back negative.
But there is no denying that the fact only 0.2 per cent of tests have come back positive is a huge boost towards the season reconvening behind closed doors in the coming weeks or months.
Leeds fans on Twitter are clearly happy with the news but they also have suspicions about the tests that have come back positive.
In the Premier League, there have been eight confirmed cases with individuals at Watford and Bournemouth to have tested positive, sparking speculation on social media about why the positive tests have happened at relegation-threatened clubs and not those at the top-end of the table.
Leeds fans seem to suspect it might turn out to be a certain club near the bottom of the league. However most of them are just glad that the number is so low that football might be able to return soon.
Here is a selection of their tweets in response to Hay’s update:
Gotta be from hull lol 😂
— Stephen Maher 💙💛 (@stevemaher34) May 24, 2020
Odds on it being Hull?
— Claudio (@claudiolufc) May 24, 2020
Let's get playing https://t.co/WIGyrJjEUU
— Alfie (@AlfieStackhouse) May 24, 2020
— Conor McGilligan (@ConorJHMcG) May 24, 2020
Fantastic results from the EFL https://t.co/77D2MtDH4I
— Kieron Hall (@KieronHall90) May 24, 2020
Surely that’s very positive @PhilHay_ ? Only 2 out of over a 1000!
— Danny Cullen (@Dannycullen1994) May 24, 2020
No excuses now not to get the games back on asap
— Darren (@UnitedLeeds_) May 24, 2020
Either be hull or team in bottom 3 100%
— LUFC Nigel 💙💛 (@Hirtschy) May 24, 2020
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