Three St Mirren goalkeepers have been excluded from the squad for 10 days after two tested positive for coronavirus, the Joint Response Group has confirmed, with the trio unavailable for the clash against Hibernian.
Jak Alnwick tested positive earlier this week before a second unnamed player followed – who has now been confirmed as another goalkeeper – while a third unnamed goalkeeper who tested negative has been deemed a “potential risk” and has also been excluded. St Mirren’s three goalkeepers are Alnwick, Dean Lyness and Peter Urminksy.
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Despite having all three goalkeepers ruled out, St Mirren’s Scottish Premiership match at home to Hibernian on Saturday will go ahead as planned, the Joint Response Group said.
“The Joint Response Group has been in dialogue throughout the day with the Scottish Government’s medical advisers to establish the facts and implications of St Mirren’s positive COVID-19 tests,” a statement read on Friday.
“The club informed us that two goalkeepers (Goalkeeper A and Goalkeeper B) have tested positive for COVID-19, confirmed by follow-up NHS tests. As a result, both players will be excluded from the squad for 10 days and pending the return of negative tests.
“The Scottish Government’s Clinical Adviser on COVID & Sports, in conjunction with Greater Glasgow and Clyde Health Board Health Protection Team and Health Protection Scotland, have confirmed to the JRG that there is not enough evidence to support postponing tomorrow’s Scottish Premiership fixture between St Mirren and Hibernian.
“As a result, the Scottish Professional Football League – as the league body with jurisdiction – have confirmed that the game will go ahead as planned. All St Mirren players will be retested on Sunday ahead of their midweek Scottish Premiership fixture against Celtic.
“In addition, after analysis of club GPS data, the local health board’s Health Protection Team also consider a third goalkeeper, Goalkeeper C, to be at potential risk of transmission given close proximity to team-mates.
“To mitigate the potential that Goalkeeper C – who returned a negative test – may have the virus in incubation, he will also be excluded as a precaution on the advice of the local health protection team, public health experts and government’s clinical advisers and be re-tested on Sunday.”
St Mirren were at the centre of a case in July when seven members of staff tested positive – but six of those were found later to be false positive tests.
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