ST MIRREN have confirmed a second player has tested positive for coronavirus after Jak Alnwick contracted the virus earlier this week.

Tomorrow’s Premiership game against Hibs in Paisley and the midweek encounter against Celtic are now in jeopardy.

Ironically, the meeting with the champions, due on August 12, was postponed because the Hoops’ Belgian left-back Boli Bolingoli made a secret trip to hish-risk Spain and returned without adhering to the government quarantine rules.

Saints boss Jim Goodwin revealed yesterday goalkeeper Alnwick had tested positive for Covid-19 and now another team-mate is to join him in self-isolating.

An official club statement read: “Following the most recent round of Covid testing, St Mirren Football Club can confirm that a second player has tested positive for Covid-19. This comes following the news of the positive test earlier this week.
“The club can confirm that it has followed all protocol to the letter and has informed all relevant authorities.”

Boss Goodwin added: “We obviously don’t like naming names, I think it’s quite a private issue, but, at the same time, somebody has managed to leak it online, so there’s no point us denying it.

“We are a bit disappointed for Jak, but he’s doing well, he’s recovering, he’s following the instructions given to him by the doctor.

“He is getting the best of treatment, we are not overly concerned about it and, hopefully, he will be back fit for the Dundee United game.”

An announcement from the SPFL is expected later today to five an update on the fixture.


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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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