January 8, 2021 2.18 pm This story is over 40 months old

Game still on, but some Imps players and staff have COVID-19

Manager Michael Appleton is back from self-isolation

Lincoln City manager Michael Appleton will be back in the dugout for Saturday’s visit of Peterborough after recovering from COVID-19, but four positive tests have been revealed amongst the club’s first team players and coaching staff.

The Imps, who are currently top of the League One table, announced on New Year’s Day that Appleton and first team goalkeeping coach Steve Croudson tested positive for the virus and had to self-isolate until further notice. Appleton returned to take training for the first time in over 10 days on Friday, January 8.

Players have been through EFL testing this week, but Appleton will be missing a number of his squad and staff for the game against Peterborough, who are currently in the play-off places in League One. The game will be shown live on Sky Sports.

Lincoln City said the names of the individuals who have since tested positive will not be made public for medical confidentiality reasons, but that they and their close contacts must now serve a period of isolation at home in line with government guidelines.

The club said: “As things stand, tomorrow’s (Saturday’s) live televised match versus Peterborough United will not be affected and will take place at LNER Stadium as planned.

“Lincoln City would like to wish the individuals that have returned a positive Covid-19 test result a quick and safe return to full health.”

Appleton said in Friday’s press conference: “I’m much better, it’s been a rough 10 days or so if not longer.

“It’s been difficult because not only have I suffered quite badly in the first four or five days, but my wife was bad as well so trying to juggle that and trying to avoid, or hope and pray that our three and a half month old son doesn’t get it as well, has been a little bit challenging and worrying.

“My wife is on the mend and I’m out of isolation so hopefully touch wood we can put it behind us.”