The Montreal Alouettes will be without their head coach, Khari Jones, on Saturday against the British Columbia Lions. It is his assistant, André Bolduc, who will take over, and the latter says he is ready to face the music.
Jones was diagnosed positive for COVID-19 on Sunday and he must isolate himself from the rest of the team for a minimum of 10 days.
“The news came as a shock to me,” Jones admitted by videoconference from his home where he is confined. Danny [Maciocia, le directeur général] called me and he informed me. I was a little tired when I got back from Vancouver, but nothing wrong. I’m glad I didn’t spread it [le virus] to others within the team. “
A back-up plan
The team confirmed that the team’s players and staff were all tested again on Monday and that no further cases within the group have been detected so far.
Jones, who does not know how he could have been infected despite being twice vaccinated, says he is doing well and adds that he remains in constant contact with the doctors on the team.
Even confined, he continues to be actively involved in the preparation of his team and even followed distance training on Tuesday. He’s not too worried about Saturday’s game.
“I trust Vernon [Adams, le quart-arrière] and in the group of players that we have assembled. I also have confidence in the group of instructors in place. “He also recalled that a plan had been planned before the start of the season in the event that a member of the coaching team would be infected and that it was simply applied.
The Alouettes (2-2) sit second in the East section, on a par with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, who however played one more game.