Wakefield still set to face Huddersfield despite positive Covid-19 test

Wakefield Trinity Head Coach Chris Chester has admitted one member of his squad tested positive for Covid-19 this week.

The player has been immediately stood down from all playing and training duties and will have to self-isolate as per government guidelines.

The club are also awaiting outstanding results from further playing and non-playing staff members.

“We have just had news that we have received one positive coronavirus test,” Chester said. “The player was tested on Monday but due to confidentiality, we cannot say who he is.

“The player is obviously not in our 21-man squad but we do have some players close to returning.

“It is obviously frustrating. The player in question now has to isolate for ten days before coming back with the strict seven day protocol which will rule him out of the Wigan game the following week. 

“We are fairly hopeful that Tinirau Arona and David Fifita will be available up for selection next week.

“The issue with David Fifita has been resolved now. Him and Tinirau Arona are following a protocol and are back in training.

“I wasn’t privy to the conversations that the CEO and Chairman had with David and his agent but I have been told there has been a real buy in from David moving forward.

“It is water under the bridge now and I hope to get him back to his top form he showed at the start of last season.”

The potential returns of Fifita and Arona are a huge boost to Chester, who admits his team selection is constantly at risk of forced changes.

He added: “Jacob Miller will miss out due to the time span. These are crazy times, I am thankful we have been able to name a team in the week.

“I thought I might have had to change the team overnight. Due to the positive test, which we only received at 9:30am, we had to put today’s training back to 11am.

“We are still awaiting the results from a further three players and as many staff members and until then, no one is allowed to enter the training facility.

“But as I said, these are insane times and the lads will adhere to our strict policies we have put in place.”

Thursday’s clash between Wakefield and Huddersfield kicks off at 3pm but will not televised on Sky Sports.

Members of both clubs will have access to the match live on the OurLeague app but will only receive a code to watch if they request one.

Email members@wakefieldtrinity.com or media@giantsrl.com with your season membership name and number to be able to watch.

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