MIDDLESBROUGH face sending out a workforce of children within the FA Cup third spherical in opposition to Brentford after various optimistic Covid assessments.
The Teessiders coaching floor has been closed since Monday, leaving Neil Warnock’s aspect unable to organize for Saturday’s conflict with the Bees.
Neil Warnock might be pressured to area the children for Boro in opposition to BrentfordCredit score: Rex Options
Additional obligatory assessments passed off this morning with Boro nervously awaiting the outcomes tomorrow.
As issues stand, Boro anticipate the sport to go forward however at greatest appear like naming a decimated workforce made up of the U23s.
However they might be pressured to hunt a postponement if the variety of positives will increase considerably.
Along with various gamers being struck down by Covid, Boro boss Warnock is already with out Jonny Howson, Ashley Fletcher and Grant Corridor by way of harm.
In additional optimistic information, the membership confirmed this morning that Duncan Watmore has signed a new two-and-a-half year deal on the Riverside.
The winger, 26, penned a short-term contract in November having left rivals Sunderland.
West Brom, Burnley and a clutch of Championship golf equipment have been eager to tie him down after 5 targets in six video games put Watmore within the working for the Championship’s Participant of the Month award.
However Warnock mentioned: “I don’t suppose it was ever doubtful that he would signal with us as a result of he has cherished each minute of it right here to this point.
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“He’s an actual good lad. We’re wanting ahead to having him right here on a longer-term foundation now and hopefully seeing him rating loads extra targets for the membership.”
Elsewhere, Shrewsbury are set to be booted out of the FA Cup after confirming they can’t elevate a workforce to play Southampton on Saturday.
The League One Shrews revealed the size of their Covid-19 disaster on Wednesday.
And now the FA has confirmed the deliberate third spherical tie is OFF – with the expectation that Saints shall be awarded a walkover to spherical 4.
In a press release, the FA mentioned: “Shrewsbury City FC’s fixture in opposition to Southampton FC within the Emirates FA Cup Third Spherical Correct won’t be happening on Saturday 9 January 2021 at 20:00 as scheduled.
“Shrewsbury City FC knowledgeable The FA that there have been a major variety of optimistic COVID-19 circumstances on the membership such that they didn’t have a enough quantity of match, non-isolating gamers who would be capable to play within the fixture.
“Shrewsbury City FC offered The FA with particulars of the medical recommendation it had acquired and its communications with native Public Well being England and liaised with The FA’s COVID Medical Officer for the Emirates FA Cup.
“The FA additionally requested and regarded additional data concerning Shrewsbury City FC’s potential to fulfil the fixture.”
Wembley’s Skilled Recreation Board – which incorporates appearing FA chairman Peter McCormick, plus representatives from Spurs, Brighton and Crystal Palace – will make a ultimate resolution on Shrewsbury’s destiny “early subsequent week”.