West Ham POSTPONE pre-season development squad friendly against Ipswich after positive coronavirus testBlau Medical News
13th August 2020,
Updated: 13th August 2020,
West Ham have pulled the plug on a pre-season friendly scheduled for this weekend against Ipswich after a member of their backroom staff was tested positive for coronavirus.
The Sun claim the Hammers development squad were due to face the League One side on Sunday as preparations turn towards the new season, but that is now not going to be the case.
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A staff member at the club’s academy was diagnosed with COVID-19 after a routine screening, with the club individually contacting all players and parents affected to notify them of the latest developments.
A West Ham spokesperson told the same publication: “We can confirm that a member of our backroom staff within the Academy has tested positive for COVID-19
“The individual, whose identity will remain private due to medical confidentiality, is asymptomatic and currently self-isolating in line with guidance.”
Meanwhile, West Ham have yet to receive an offer from Chelsea for their former academy player Declan Rice.
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David Moyes has made it clear he does not want to sell the 21-year-old this summer, with the player valued at £80m.
Rice fuelled speculation of a move to Stamford Bridge after meeting up with two Chelsea legends on holiday.
Earlier this week, he was seen posing with Didier Drogba and most recently has been snapped hanging out with former captain John Terry – featuring on the latter’s Instagram page.