Newcastle United Covid-19 news: Steve Bruce and players wait on test results ahead of West Bromwich Albion

Newcastle United’s players could be back in training tomorrow.

Monday, 7th December 2020, 5:00 pm
Steve Bruce.
Steve Bruce.

The club’s training ground was shut last week following an outbreak of Covid-19 cases – and last Friday’s game against Aston Villa at Villa Park was postponed.

Saturday’s Premier League home game against West Bromwich Albion is now in doubt. One report claimed that positive cases at the club were “well into double figures”, though the number of cases – or the identities of those who have tested positive – has not been confirmed by Newcastle.

United's players were tested today, and they could return to training depending on the results.

Speaking at the weekend, West Brom manager Slaven Bilic said: “Aston Villa against Newcastle is postponed. For our game, we don’t know. That’ll be down to the Premier League, and it’s down to the situation there. It’s even above the Premier League – it’s down to the medical people.”

Newcastle, liaising with Public Health England, Newcastle City Council, have made no comment since the Villa game was postponed.

And the Sigi Lens, the 26-year-old’s agent, has been speaking about his client’s situation at Eintracht Frankfurt ahead of the January transfer window.

Asked if Willems, out of contract next summer, could rejoin Newcastle, Lens said: “Of course, there’s this possibility. Jetro got along very well in England (with Newcastle), and is willing to go back there. They (Eintracht) want to extend the contract. Either we extend the contract – or he leaves this winter.”

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