Coronavirus: No confirmed cases, but Harrogate Town players told to stay at home

Harrogate Town's players will not train at the club's Wetherby Road base this week.

Tuesday, 17th March 2020, 2:55 pm
Updated Tuesday, 17th March 2020, 3:02 pm
Harrogate Town's players will not train at the CNG Stadium this week. Picture: Matt Kirkham

Manager Simon Weaver confirmed that squad members have been asked to stay at home and assume responsibility for their own fitness as the club takes precautions against the spread of coronavirus.

Two players and two member's of Town's coaching staff went into self-isolation last week having displayed symptoms of highly-contagious COVID-19.

None of those four employees, nor anyone else associated with the club has tested positive for the disease, yet Weaver insists that no chances will be taken.

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"We won't bring the players in for the next week," he said.

"We've put together remote training sessions for the lads and provided them with examples of exercises that they can do.

"We've given them all targets in terms of the times they should be aiming for when they're doing their running over various distances.

"A lot of it comes down to trust and having faith in the players to keep on top of their own fitness, but we've got a good a group here.

"I've spoken to people at clubs from higher up the pyramid and a lot of them are doing similar things. Given the circumstances, I don't really think you can do much more.

"It's not ideal, but we don't want to make things worse for ourselves or anyone else. There are more important things than football."

Town's scheduled National League fixture at Solihull Moors was postponed at the club's own request on Friday evening due to the fact that they had four employees in self-isolation.

And boss Weaver believes that the decision not to play the game was the correct one.

"I'd like to think that we made the right choice in requesting that the fixture be postponed," he added.

"There will always be critical people out there, and there have been suggestions that we didn't want to play because we had a couple of injuries or because Solihull had signed a new striker [Adam Rooney] that day.

"All it came down to was the fact that we had four people in self-isolation.

"Honestly, there are bigger things to worry about than losing three points."