Some Leeds United fans have been concerned about the Monday fixture at Elland Road going ahead after a number of Wolves players are set to be tested for Covid-19 following their return from international duty.
Wolves had five senior players in the Portugal camp where Cristiano Ronaldo tested positive for Covid-19.
They are all set to be tested on Friday and Hay has said that if they test negative then the “fixture should be okay”.
Hay was responding to a question from a Leeds fan who said, “If the Portuguese Wolves contingent test negative again on Friday, is that them cleared to play on Monday? Or are there any precautions/further tests in place when returning to their clubs?”
Hay said, “If they all test negative on Friday then the fixture should be OK. Clubs do have the provisions for further testing too.
“All of the Wolves players with Portugal have been negative so far. But if there was an outbreak at Molineux, it will fall to the Premier League to decide what to do next, depending on how many players are affected.
“It’s hard to imagine that this season will pass off without a few COVID-19 headaches.”
International break a menace
Ronaldo was the most high-profile player to test positive in this raft of international fixtures but he wasn’t the only one.
An outbreak in the France Under-21 camp has left Leeds fans hoping that Illan Meslier tests negative – he would be a huge loss on Monday.
However, Wolves fans will be hoping that their club is clear with players set to be tested today.
Rui Patricio, Nelson Semedo, Joao Moutinho, Ruben Neves and Daniel Podence were all with the Portugal camp when Ronaldo was there.
The picture in the Times is the one that has got the fans worried.
Cristiano Ronaldo has become the latest high-profile footballer to test positive for Covid-19. The news is likely to cause alarm in the Spain and France squads since Ronaldo played in Portugal’s games against the two nations last week, reports @hirstclass https://t.co/pn2GbShhDL
— Times Sport (@TimesSport) October 14, 2020
Wolves journalist Tim Spiers has said that all five players will be tested on Friday and an all-clear should mean that there will be no doubts about the fixture going ahead on Monday.
Re Ronaldo's positive covid test, all of Wolves' returning internationals are due to be tested on Friday. Wolves will liaise closely with the Portuguese FA on when all their players have been tested this week etc #WWFC
— Tim Spiers (@TimSpiers) October 13, 2020
If there was an outbreak at Molineux, it would surely lead to questions being asked about why players were put at risk by playing so many international fixtures in a short period of time.
With Covid-19 numbers spiking again around the world, it seems really stupid to take groups of players from their bubbles and expose them to players from all across Europe.
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