Four Pompey players test positive for coronavirus

PORTSMOUTH have released details of four players who have produced positive tests for coronavirus.

The club first revealed that James Bolton, Andy Cannon and Sean Raggett all had the virus. Shortly after they received results from another batch with teenage defender Haji Mnoga also testing positive. All are all self-isolating in accordance with government guidelines.

The club initiated the testing procedure following positive results among several high-profile footballing figures including Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta – Pompey played the Gunners in an FA Cup tie on March 2.

A batch of results received by the club showed that the players had the virus, and all will continue to follow medical advice. The club have also notified Public Health England.

All players and first team staff were tested this week and the club are still awaiting approximately half of the results of these tests.

In a tweet, Sean Raggett wrote: “Thank you for people’s concerns I’m feeling good now but self-isolating so not to spread anything, if anyone’s come into contact with me over last couple of weeks be careful who you are around, stay safe.”

Chief executive Mark Catlin said: “I received the news last night and immediately spoke to Kenny and head physio Bobby Bacic. Kenny and I then spoke to all three players.

“Football is not immune from this virus and I can assure you that it only really hits home when those that you know contract it.

“All three players were in good spirits and perfectly calm – showing mild or no symptoms – and are looking forward to overcoming it as quickly as possible. “We once again urge everyone to follow the current government guidelines.”