Nottingham Forest players and staff test negative for coronavirus

Date published: Wednesday 11th March 2020 2:09

Nottingham Forest have confirmed all of their players and staff have tested negative for coronavirus, following club owner Evangelos Marinakis’ contraction of the virus on Tuesday.

The 52-year-old, who also owns Greek side Olympiacos, was at the City Ground last week in attendance of his side’s 3-0 defeat to Millwall.

 

 

Sabri Lamouchi’s side are due to play Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough on Saturday in the Championship, but the South Yorkshire side are understood to be in dialogue with Forest and the EFL about a possible rearrangement.

In a statement on the club’s official website, a spokesman said.

“Within hours of receiving the news that owner Evangelos Marinakis had tested positive for the virus, the club took swift action to arrange tests for the entire first-team players, staff and officers that came into contact with the owner last week.

 

“The club will remain in close dialogue with the relevant governing bodies and football authorities to ensure the correct measures are taken.”

Olympiacos’ Europa League tie against Wolves will go ahead tonight, despite the Premier League side’s appeal to UEFA to have the game postponed – with the game being played behind closed doors.

Manchester City’s clash against Arsenal tonight has also been postponed, following Mikel Arteta’s sides recent meeting with Olympiacos a few weeks ago – where they were knocked out of the competition in dramatic fashion.

Forest remain in firm contention for a play-off spot and see themselves four points adrift of the automatic promotion places, following their first defeat in six games last-time out.

 

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