Hibs game in doubt as second St Mirren player tests positive for Covid-19
Paisley club announces fresh setback
Saturday’s St Mirren v Hibs game was thrown into doubt on Thursday night when a second player from the Paisley club was revealed to have tested positive for Covid-19.
It followed the news that Saints goalkeeper Jak Alnwick had returned a positive test.
In a statement, St Mirren said: “Following the most recent round of Covid testing, St Mirren Football Club can confirm that a second player has tested positive for Covid-19. This comes following the news of the positive test earlier this week.
“The club can confirm that it has followed all protocol to the letter and has informed all relevant authorities. We will be making no further comment at this time.”
Jim Goodwin, the St Mirren manager, confirmed that goalkeeper Alnwick was the first St Mirren player who tested positive for Covid-19 during the recent international break.
Goodwin said: “We obviously don’t like naming names, I think it’s quite a private issue but at the same time somebody has managed to leak it online so there’s no point us denying it.
“So we’re a bit disappointed for Jak but at the same time he’s doing well, he’s recovering, he’s following the instructions given to him by the doctor.
“He is getting the best of treatment, we are not overly concerned about it and hopefully he will be back fit for the Dundee United game.
“We are confident Jak has not been in a pub or a nightclub when he shouldn’t have been. It is just an unfortunate situation.”
The Buddies boss stressed that St Mirren have stuck by the rules in terms of making their training ground and stadium safe areas.
He said: “What I can say from our point of view as a club, there’s no way that Jak has picked it up while he’s been here at Ralston (training ground) or down at the stadium.“The club have done everything they can, they’ve followed the strict guidelines that have been set out by the SFA, the SPFL and the Joint Response Group and we can’t do any more as a club.”
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