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Coronavirus: Cheltenham Town v Grimsby Town off after Mariners player tests positive

Cheltenham Town lost their first home game of the League Two season earlier this month

Saturday’s League Two game between Cheltenham Town and Grimsby Town has been called off after a Mariners player tested positive for coronavirus.

As a result, other Grimsby players and staff have been required to self-isolate in line with English Football League and government guidance.

Grimsby have advised the league that the club considers they are unable to safely fulfil the fixture.

The Lincolnshire club’s training ground will now be shut down for 14 days.

Mariners chairman Philip Day told BBC Radio Humberside that their League Two game at Bradford City on Saturday, 3 October and EFL Trophy tie at Hull City on 6 October will also have to be postponed.

Grimsby ‘put safety first’

Grimsby have also disclosed to the BBC that teenage midfielder Jock Curran was the player to test positive for Covid-19, and the 19-year-old is at home with mild symptoms.

“The rest of the squad and staff, who fill in a questionnaire and have their temperature taken every morning, have not displayed any symptoms of the virus,” Day said.

Day says Grimsby took the decision to call off the game after consultation with EFL medical team and the club’s own medical team.

“Our initial aim was to get everyone tested, and they should be okay as they are not showing any symptoms,” he said.

“But the medical advice was that the incubation period is a minimum of five days, so those tests would be of no use whatsoever.

“We don’t know if the players, having had contact with Jock on Monday and Tuesday, have the virus or are asymptomatic.

“We have put safety first and asked the EFL to call off the game.”

Another EFL match postponed

Grimsby’s trip to Cheltenham is the second EFL league fixture this season to be suspended because of Covid-19 cases.

Leyton Orient’s game at Walsall in League Two on Saturday has also been postponed, as O’s players and staff isolate after an outbreak of the virus at the club.

Orient were forced to call off their third-round Carabao Cup tie on Tuesday after receiving several positive tests, and opponents Tottenham Hotspur have been handed a bye into the next round.

An EFL statement said it would investigate the circumstances of the postponement of Grimsby’s match.

A revised date for the fixture will be announced in due course.

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