Manchester United

Man Utd hit by Covid-19 outbreak

Jude Summerfield
United have been hit by a Covid-19 outbreak
United have been hit by a Covid-19 outbreak / Alex Livesey/GettyImages
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Manchester United have been hit by a Covid-19 outbreak which disrupted their training on Sunday.

Having played on Saturday - beating Norwich 1-0 thanks to Cristiano Ronaldo's penalty - a small number of players and staff returned positive lateral flow tests on Sunday morning.

As reported by the Athletic, those who tested positive for the virus were sent home before training got underway.

The group that travelled to Carrow Road are understood to have all tested negative and the Premier League have now been made aware of the situation.

Tottenham have had to deal with a similar outbreak, seeing games against both Rennes and Brighton postponed, while it is unclear whether their fixture with Leicester on Thursday will go ahead.

As for United, it remains to be seen whether they will be able to travel to Brentford on Tuesday.

There have been more Covid-19 outbreaks in recent weeks, with the emergence of the new omicron variant seeing cases rise throughout the United Kingdom.

West Brom had four players test positive before their Championship game against Reading on Saturday, while Queens Park Rangers' game at Sheffield United on Monday has had to be postponed because of an outbreak at the west London club.

The Premier League decides on postponements on a case by case basis, while UEFA took their time before calling off Spurs' Europa Conference League clash with Rennes.

The UK has reported 1,239 additional confirmed cases of the omicron variant, the highest daily rise and almost double the previous high which was recorded on Saturday. The total number of cases of the new variant now stands at 3,137.

New Plan B measures have been put forward by the UK government, which include compulsory face coverings in most indoor public venues, people working from home where possible and NHS Covid Passes being required to enter some venues.

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