Ipswich Town manager Paul Lambert has tested positive for coronavirus along with five other members of the club’s playing and coaching staff.
The club tested all members of the first team and coaching staff before training on Friday morning after a player reported symptoms and results were released tonight.
Town has updated the EFL on the situation, with the home game against Northampton on Boxing Day and the trip to AFC Wimbledon on December 29 now in real doubt.
“We will now close the training ground as directed until we have spoken in detail with the EFL about the way forward,” Town’s chief football operations manager Lee O’Neill said.
The Ipswich side have adhered to EFL guidelines but have been tested sporadically in the first four months of the season, while enforcing strict measures at the club’s training ground and traveling to matches outdoors in order to limit the risks.
City players did not use the main Playford Road building to change and arrived already changed to train and head straight home after sessions were over. However, they are now using the training ground gymnasium.
The away matches saw the club take two buses for the matches to minimize the risks, while the Blues regularly had to prepare for matches in makeshift locker rooms in order to limit the number of people using the area. main changing rooms on certain grounds.
Forward Kayden Jackson is the only player to have missed games this season following a positive test, although defender Luke Woolfenden was ruled out for a while as he isolated himself after close contact tested positive.
Manager Paul Lambert missed out on the 1-0 win over Gillingham earlier this season pending the results of a Covid test, which came back negative, after being close contact with coach Matt Gill at a time when he was tested positive for the virus.
The Blues were due to face Peterborough United this afternoon, but the game was called off on Friday due to a positive viral test at the Posh camp.
Results elsewhere saw Town fall to sixth in the Ligue 1 table.