Pompey players with coronavirus all in good health, says Jackett

POMPEY boss Kenny Jackett has given an upbeat assessment of the four players who tested positive for coronavirus.

On Saturday the club announced that James Bolton, Andy Cannon, Sean Raggett and Haji Mnoga had all given positive results following extensive testing carried out by Portsmouth.

But Jackett has insisted all are ‘well’ and are not displaying any symptoms associated with Covid-19.

“They’re good. I spoke to all of them on Monday morning and they all feel good,” Jackett told Radio Solent. “They don’t have any symptoms, which is good news.

“They need to go through the (self-isolation) process but they’re all well."

Portsmouth tested all first-team players and training staff last week following a number of high-profile footballing positive results including Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta – Pompey played the Gunners in an FA Cup tie on March 2.

Jackett confirmed that all other tests for coronavirus were negative, adding: “We’re in regular contact with the whole squad to see if anyone has any symptoms and doing our best to support them through these unprecedented times.

“We’re training with individual programmes at the moment and obviously with the two-metre rule and the discouragement of groups getting together, it’s going to hamper group training for a little while.

“But there’s a bigger picture here as well and we have to adhere to that.

“We should support our players and work with them to keep as fit as possible because when football does come back we want to hit the ground running, but in the meantime we need to be respectful of the overall situation and clearly make sure that we’re all doing as we’re instructed.”

The league has officially been postponed until April 30 at the earliest.