Speaking before Saturday’s trip to West Bromwich Albion, head coach Pep Clotet confirmed the situation and revealed how the Blues have dealt with the problem.
“We did 400 tests and we had two positives,” said Clotet. “Which, in our opinion, is very, very weak and these positive points concerned the staff and the players and occurred in the second and third rounds – out of eight (rounds).
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“It was at the beginning when we started group work and they were completely asymptomatic, we followed the protocol and these people were allowed to go back to work in 11 days, which they did a few weeks ago .
“Remember, every time we test 50, I was surprised, I expected a higher number.
“With this test, we only test if someone has it now – we don’t know if anyone has already done so. But we have everyone available now. ”
Clotet also revealed that he had doubts about the physical form of two players entering the match at The Hawthorns – but once again declined to say.
“Josh McEachran is not available, and we have two players with minor injuries, I don’t know if they will be available for Saturday or next week, but that’s not a problem at the moment.
“I’m going to keep this close to my chest because it’s the only thing I can’t tell Slaven [Bilic]. ”