Bolton relief after Portsmouth stars given Covid-19 all clear

THE FIVE Portsmouth players who tested positive for Covid-19 have all made full recoveries.

While James Bolton, Sean Raggett, Andy Cannon, Haji Mnoga and Ross McCrorie all had coronavirus, all five displayed only minor symptoms.

The club instigated tests for all players and front-line staff after a number of high-profile football figures confirmed they had the virus, including Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta – Pompey played the Gunners in an FA Cup tie at Fratton Park on March 2.

It has been confirmed that all have recovered, with Bolton expressing relief that he suffered only minor discomfort.

“People really have to think differently about how they behave and the choices they make through this,” Bolton told BBC South Today. “Thankfully I felt over the worst of it within a few days, but it was not a nice feeling to have.

“I had one night where I had a really high temperature, didn’t feel great at all.

“But it was mainly tiredness and a lack of energy that was the hardest part. It felt like your recovery after you play a game taking three times longer than usual.”

The Arteta link was seen by many as key to the positive results, but Bolton believes that may have merely been a coincidence.

He added: “It (Arteta link) makes sense, but this virus has been circulating in this country for some time now. There’s every chance people have had it for a long time without knowing seeing as testing is not that great currently.

“We’re fortunate to be in a position where we got tested right away while a lot of people aren’t.”