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Six test positive for Covid-19 including Ipswich Town manager Paul Lambert with games against Northampton Town and AFC Wimbledon now in doubt




Six members of Ipswich Town’s playing and coaching staff have tested positive for Covid-19, including manager Paul Lambert, the club have revealed.

All the first-team squad and coaching staff were tested before training on Friday morning after one player reported symptoms and the results were returned came back last night.

Town have informed the EFL, with the home game against Northampton Town on Boxing Day and the trip to AFC Wimbledon on December 29 now clearly in doubt.

Ipswich Town's squad, including manager Paul Lambert, have been hit by a Covid-19 outbreakPicture: ITFC (43638157)
Ipswich Town's squad, including manager Paul Lambert, have been hit by a Covid-19 outbreakPicture: ITFC (43638157)

“We will be closing the training ground for now in line with guidelines until we have spoken in detail with the EFL about the way forward,” Town’s general manager of football operations, Lee O’Neill, told the club website.

The club added they have kept stringent contact restrictions in place at the training ground since the players returned to training in August, with all communal areas remaining closed to the squad.

The Blues were due to play at Peterborough United yesterday but the game was postponed because of a positive test in the Posh camp.

Ipswich Town are shutting down their training ground after an outbreak of Covid-19 Picture: Mark Westley
Ipswich Town are shutting down their training ground after an outbreak of Covid-19 Picture: Mark Westley

Home tie for young Blues

Meanwhile, Town U18s have been drawn to face Metropolitan Police or Swindon Town or Bromley at home in the fourth round of the FA Youth Cup.

The Blues reached this stage following a thrilling 3-2 comeback victory over Fulham in round three at Portman Road, having trailed 2-0 at the break.

Metropolitan Police are scheduled to face Swindon on Monday evening, with the winner hosting Bromley in the third round.

The club are again looking to provide a free stream of the game with further details to be announced in due course.

All fourth round ties are scheduled to take place before Saturday, January 30.

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