Lincoln United player tests positive with COVID-19

A player in the football development squad at Lincoln United has tested positive for coronavirus.

The player, which the team has not named, felt unwell earlier in the week and went for a test, and he received a positive result for COVID-19 on Thursday.

He hadn’t played in the match last Saturday due to an injury, but the club said it is taking all precautions.

A spokesperson for Lincoln United confirmed to The Lincolnite that all 40 players in the first team and development squads will be tested.

As soon as the club, which is located on Ashby Avenue, found out about the coronavirus case on Thursday it closed for a deep clean and cancelled its matches for this weekend.

The clubhouse will reopen as normal at 4pm on Friday with its one way system still in place, and it is hoped that matches will resume next weekend.

In a social media post, bar steward Nick Wilkinson said: “If you were in the club between 5.30pm-6.30pm on Saturday, you don’t need to worry unless you were having a face-to-face conversation with him (the player) or sat on his table. As customers you are advised to follow all of the rules.”

City of Lincoln Council has confirmed it is aware of the situation and is working with the club, which was proactive in contacting the council and seeking its advice.

An announcement was made in a post in the Hartsholme Club Facebook group.

Lincoln United have now cancelled their friendly at Pontefract Collieries FC.

Hartsholme Cricket Club are also based at the same ground and has already issued advice to its players and club members.

A spokesperson for the cricket club said: “Someone who was at the club on Saturday has tested positive for COVID-19. Please don’t panic, it is unlikely that you have had enough contact to be affected and NHS Track and Trace will be in touch if so.

“Our games at the weekend will be going ahead as planned, if you don’t feel comfortable playing, then please contact the relevant captain as soon as possible.

“The England and Wales Cricket Board guidelines are very clear and you must still follow these at all times, including not attending if you have any symptoms.

“As ever, if you now develop any symptoms you will need to get a test.”

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