Derby County Forward Wayne Rooney Tests
Negative For Covid-19 But Must Self-Isolated
Derby County forward Wayne Rooney will have to isolate himself for 10 days after a friend who visited him at home on Thursday tested positive for Covid-19. The 34-year-old former England captain has confirmed that he himself does not have the virus, but will still have to miss the next three Derby matches.
Rooney last played in the Rams’ 1-0 league loss to Watford on Friday.
Derby says that Rooney must isolate himself until Thursday, October 29, according to the UK government and EFL guidelines.
It means that the former Everton and Manchester United player will not be available for the Derby’s Championship games against Huddersfield on Tuesday, the East Midlands rival against Nottingham Forest at home on Friday and for the visit of Cardiff City on Wednesday 28 October. .
“We are confident that Wayne will be available to be selected for the club’s Championship match in Bournemouth on Saturday 31 October,” said a statement from Derby.
So far, Derby has won just one of its first five championship games this season, and Rooney scored the winning goal at Norwich City on October 3.
Rooney tweeted that he was “angry and disappointed” to miss the games, but “delighted for me and my family” to hear that he had tested negative for the coronavirus.
Reports over the weekend said the Derby County player-coach was visited by a friend the day before his game against Watford, who had received instructions from the NHS Track and Trace to get tested for Covid-19.
Entrepreneur Josh Bardsley, 21, later tested positive for the virus.
The Sun newspaper reported Sunday that Rooney was angry after Bardsley visited him at his home even though he should have been in isolation. Rooney was said to have been unaware of the Bardsley-related Covid-related concerns at the time.
“It’s a big setback for us,” Derby manager Phillip Cocu told BBC Radio Derby. “Not only because we lost our captain, but in the last two games, we have seen Wayne return to the level of performance that he had when he first joined us.
“His physical condition was much better and we saw him improve the team.
“It is something we have to deal with and it is unfortunate that he has not been able to do anything about it. It’s hard for him, his family and the football club.
“I am disappointed that it happened. We have worked very hard and intensely with Wayne to get him back in top shape and now being without such an important player for two weeks has a huge impact on him and the team.
“It is also difficult for him because training alone and maintaining the same level of fitness is a challenge.
“There is no blame on him, but it is something we have to deal with.”