Espanyol announces seven covid positives four days before visiting Valencia

  • Sunday’s PCR tests reveal five infections among first team players and two more in the coaching staff

The coronavirus it is crossed again on the Espanyol road. It is not something strange or unique, considering the number of infections that are taking place in all areas, including the League. However, in the parakeet table the covid always moves to a bad time, since the blue and white club was perhaps the more beaten at the beginning of the health crisis, including the stoppage and subsequent decline. The bad news returned this Monday with the announcement of seven positives, five of them in the first team and two more in the coaching staff.

The squad returned to training on Sunday after the Christmas break. Espanyol was not very lucky in the league’s programming and will open this Friday 31 the day 19 in the field of Valencia (16.15 hours). The rest of the day is played on Sunday, which was especially bad for both teams, who had to anticipate their returns.

Isolated and without problem

The footballers of Vicente Moreno, on vacation since Saturday 18, they were summoned on Sunday afternoon 26 in the Dani Jarque Sports City, where antigen tests and PCRs were carried out. The first did not detect any positives among the players, but the second, always more reliable and required by the League’s protocol, were more forceful.

“In line with the League and following health protocols, these members of the staff have been isolated and they are well & rdquor ;, reported the club in its note. In principle, the Mestalla match is not in danger, since the regulations establish that if a team has at least 13 players from the first team the match can be disputed. The Blue and Whites have 25 players in the first squad and David lopez it is the only safe loss due to a knee injury. Óscar Gil, Dimata and Vadillo they also drag annoyances.

Crisis of the past

The return of the covid to the perica workforce inevitably translates to the beginnings of the health crisis. Abelardo revealed in April 2020 that eight players and two members of the coaching staff suffered from the virus, which also strongly affected their next rival. The Valencia had a dozen infections in the first waves, only surpassed by the Betis (11) and the Atlético de Madrid (16).

“The first rival of soccer is the coronavirus. This is one world crisis of people, not a global crisis of positions or professions. In Espanyol we live 25 difficult days in which all the players knew that there were teammates who were bad, with very serious relatives & rdquor ;, he reflected at that time (May 2020) Rufete, sports director of a team that would end up releasing to Second.

Vicente Moreno, in July

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The last known case of covid in the staff was that of Vicente Moreno, which was infected last July. The blue and white team trained this Monday in Sant Adrià and the coach completed the session with affiliate players. The team is now in a much more relaxed situation. Occupies the middle area of ​​the table (11º), with 23 points, closer to Europe (6 points) than the relegation zone (it is 8).

In Mestalla He will try to pass his great pending subject of the course: away games. Espanyol is the penultimate in the league as a visitor, just ahead of Levante. He has not yet won away from Cornellà, with 3 points out of 27 possible (three draws).

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