Coronavirus: West Ham boss David Moyes, Issa Diop and Josh Cullen test positive | Football News

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West Ham manager David Moyes misses Tuesday’s Carabao Cup game against Hull

West Ham manager David Moyes has tested positive for coronavirus along with players Issa Diop and Josh Cullen.

West Ham did not receive the results until shortly before the start of their Carabao Cup third round match against Hull on Tuesday night, for which Diop and Cullen were both originally named in the starting lineup.

A club statement said: “West Ham United can confirm that David Moyes, Issa Diop and Josh Cullen have returned positive tests for COVID-19.

“The club’s medical team were briefed on the test results as the team prepared at the London Stadium for the Carabao Cup third round match against Hull City. The manager and the two players immediately left the stadium and returned home.

West Ham defender Issa Diop was originally named in the starting lineup to face Hull

West Ham defender Issa Diop was originally named in the starting lineup to face Hull

“All three, who are asymptomatic, will now follow guidelines and protocols from Public Health England and the Premier League.

“Everyone at West Ham United sends their best wishes to David, Issa and Josh.

Moyes’ assistant Alan Irvine took charge of the match, which West Ham won 5-1 as Sebastien Haller and Andriy Yarmolenko both scored twice, with Robert Snodgrass also on target.

Irvine said: “At 6:20 pm we suddenly got information from our doctor and our chief medical officer that there were three positive tests, the manager and the two players.

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Highlights of the Carabao Cup third round draw between West Ham and Hull City

Highlights of the Carabao Cup third round draw between West Ham and Hull City

“We had contacts as we were in the same area of ​​the stadium as David. We had been at the stadium for about two hours before the start of the match.

“We were shocked by the news, we had so many tests and no positive results. But we were very specific about the protocol from the start, the medical team is very aware of what’s going on and we are following the entire protocol, and we will be following the protocol now. ”

West Ham went on to say that they had offered to test Hull’s squad before the game, but City did not agree.

Alan Irvine ran West Ham in the absence of David Moyes

Alan Irvine led West Ham in the absence of David Moyes

It is understood that West Ham and Hull Medical Services have agreed that the match could take place, despite testing positive, under protocols and in consultation with EFL Medical Services, and given the evidence suggesting that there is a very low risk of transmission during an outdoor game. .

However, the news arriving the same day that nearby Leyton Orient had canceled their game against Tottenham due to a number of positive tests, and just as Prime Minister Boris Johnson described new coronavirus restrictions, including no prospect of fans returning to games. time soon, that was not a good look.

Nonetheless, Hull said: “We are confident that West Ham followed all guidelines and protocols after receiving the positive results and after consulting with the EFL we are happy with how the game went.

Midfielder Josh Cullen was also named in Moyes' starting XI

Midfielder Josh Cullen was also named in Moyes’ starting XI

“The club will continue to rigorously monitor the welfare of our players and staff in accordance with Public Health England and EFL guidelines – as we have done since their establishment – and we wish the manager the best. and West Ham players. ”

According to Moyes protocols, Diop and Cullen will have to self-isolate for 10 days, which means they will miss Sunday’s home game against Wolves and the Carabao Cup fourth round.

Arsenal, which West Ham played against this weekend, are expected to continue as planned as all protocols have been followed.

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