Wayne Rooney could miss Derby County’s next three games as he self-isolates for 14 days

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Wayne Rooney is expected to learn on Monday if he has tested positive for the coronavirus as he faces the possibility of missing Derby’s next three games.

The record England goalscorer was visited at his home last Thursday by Josh Bardsley – the younger brother of Burnley defender Phil Bardsley – unaware that Bardsley Jnr had been contacted by NHS Test and Trace. Bardsley then tested positive for Covid-19, while Rooney played 90 minutes in Derby’s 1-0 home loss to Watford on Friday.

Rooney and Bardsley – who delivered a luxury watch to the former Manchester United star – are believed not to have met inside.

Wayne Rooney will have to self-isolate for 14 days after coming into contact with Josh Bardsley, a friend infected with Covid, who visited his home and later tested positive. Pictured: Rooney showed off a watch Bardsley had delivered to him

Rooney, the Derby County player-coach, will now miss the next four games and also two weeks of training with the rest of the squad.

Rooney, the Derby County player-coach, will now miss the next four games and also two weeks of training with the rest of the squad.

NHS guidelines state that anyone who tests positive for the virus must self-isolate for 14 days from the day of contact with an infected person.

Derby is likely to test the rest of their squad ahead of Tuesday’s league game at Huddersfield, with Rooney staying out of Sunday’s session.

Coronavirus testing is not mandatory in the EFL, although Rams players who played for their country during the international break were tested last week.

A statement from Rooney representatives said the 34-year-old was’ angry and disappointed that he, his family and his club have been placed in this position by someone acting secretly and in violation of government and NHS guidelines “.

Bardsley, pictured above with Rooney's wife Coleen, entered Roooney's house even though he had been contacted by Test and Trace in previous days.  He has since tested positive for Covid-19, raising concerns Rooney could have been infected

Bardsley, pictured above with Rooney’s wife Coleen, walked into Roooney’s house even though he had been contacted by Test and Trace the previous days. He has since tested positive for Covid-19, raising concerns Rooney may have been infected

Sources close to Derby County told MailOnline: ‘Wayne is furious, and so are the club.

“Bardsely was very stupid and it had a huge negative impact on Wayne because it means he now has to self-isolate and he could even potentially have coronavirus. “

“He is furious and disappointed that he and his family have been placed in this position because of the reckless actions of an individual. “

Rooney’s self-isolation means he will miss three games, will not be able to train with the rest of the squad and will not be able to perform in his coaching duties.

Rooney’s friend Bardsley, 27, walked into his multi-million pound mansion to deliver him a luxury watch last Thursday, according to The Sun.

And this despite having been contacted by Test and Trace in the previous days.

The imposed isolation period also means wife Coleen will not be able to take her children on vacation during their mid-term break.

The former England star, who was then unaware of Bardsley's positive test, continued to play for Derby in Friday night's loss to Watford.

The former England star, who was then unaware of Bardsley’s positive test, continued to play for Derby in Friday night’s loss to Watford.

Josh Bardsley entered Rooney's home to deliver watch despite Test and Trace contacting him

Josh Bardsley entered Rooney’s home to deliver watch despite Test and Trace contacting him

Watford and Derby players may now have passed another coronavirus test

Watford and Derby players may now have passed another coronavirus test

The Derby star performed on Friday before being unaware he may have been exposed to Covid

The Derby star performed on Friday before being unaware he may have been exposed to Covid

Derby and Watford players will also be likely to take a coronavirus test after Rooney’s fear of Covid.

Wayne Rooney’s full management statement

Wayne briefly met Josh Bardsley when he visited Wayne’s house on Thursday.

Josh or anyone else told Wayne neither before nor during this visit that Josh had been asked to take a coronavirus test.

“It was only today following media approaches and his own investigations that Wayne learned that Josh had been contacted by Test and Trace prior to the visit and should not have come to his house.

Wayne also found out today that Josh had subsequently tested positive for Covid-19.

If he had known that Josh had been contacted by Track and Trace or had tested positive, he would have refused to see him.

“Likewise, if he had been informed that he had been in contact with anyone suspected of having the virus, he would have immediately told his clubs as required by the rules.

Wayne is angry and disappointed that he, his family and his club have been placed in this position by someone acting covertly and in violation of government and NHS guidelines.

“He is now taking a coronavirus test following his contact with Josh. “

The Championship club issued a statement in the early hours of Sunday, which read: “Upon being informed of this news, the club ensured that the appropriate action was taken in accordance with strict EFL COVID-19 protocols and guidelines from the UK government, which club operates under.

The club will continue to adhere to COVID-19 rules and protocols to ensure the safest possible environment is provided for its players and staff.

“The club will not make any further comment unless a further update is needed on this matter. “

MailOnline approached Bardsley for comment.

The former Manchester United striker posed for photos with his new watch on Bardsley’s Avant Garde Global company Instagram account.

Bardsley wrote: “Level Up… What a treat! Manchester United’s all-time top scorer. England’s all-time top scorer. Thanks for the business and good fun.

Rooney replied, “Nice guys. “

Rooney has to wait to see his test result but could now be a major doubt for Derby’s next four games against Huddersfield, Nottingham Forest, Cardiff and Bournemouth.

In March, Rooney said the government and football authorities were treating players like “guinea pigs” by allowing games to continue initially as the coronavirus outbreak accelerated.

He even said he would consider retiring if his wife or children fell ill because he caught the virus after continuing to play football.

However, in April Rooney was cleared by police after he was seen walking with Manchester City defender and neighbor Kyle Walker, despite the coronavirus lockdown.

Neighbors in Cheshire both walked along Prestbury Golf Course with their families – flouting the rules of only dating your own households.

Former Rooney teammate Cristiano Ronaldo was also recently forced to self-isolate after testing positive for Covid-19.

Former British star David Beckham also caught the virus after a trip to the United States.

Derby confirmed he was aware of the situation in a statement in the early hours of Sunday

Derby confirmed he was aware of the situation in a statement in the early hours of Sunday

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