'There's no hiding' – Manager of Leeds promotion rivals admits concerns at positive test results
Manager Scott Parker has admitted there are “concerns” at Fulham over three positive tests for Coronavirus recorded at the club.
He said “there’s no hiding” but said his only focus now is getting his players in the best possible condition for the restart of the season on June 20.
Talking on the White & Sawyer show (talkSPORT, Thursday, 10.30am), Parker said, “It’s a breath of fresh air getting back on the training field.
“The last game was on March 10 and five days after that we went into lockdown, it’s been a long time.
“There’s no hiding we’ve picked up three positive tests. There have been concerns.
“Will there be injuries? Sure there will be. There are going to be issues and problems but my players need to understand that when we do kick off we need to be in the best place we can be in.
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“We’ve put ourselves in a fantastic position to challenge. Our focus needs to be, let’s go and finish this season the best way we can.”
Fulham recorded two positive results in the second round of Coronavirus testing.
Unless Parker misspoke – and there’s been no confirmation from the club – it means that they’ve recorded another positive in the latest round of results that were announced on Wednesday night.
Fulham are the one side who can realistically catch Leeds, with fourth-placed Brentford 10 points back.
Their manager Thomas Frank conceded the best his side could do was cement their place in the play-offs.
Leeds and Fulham are set to clash in the second game back if the fixture order remains the same.
The EFL has taken the first set of midweek fixtures off the calendar and that means the Fulham game will now likely be played on the weekend of June 27.
There’s no way of overstating how important this game is for Leeds – a win would almost certainly see them promoted bar a complete meltdown and a perfect run of wins for Fulham.
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