St Mirren manager Jim Goodwin admits it’s an ‘anxious time’ after his club were hit with more positive virus tests.
The Buddies haven’t had it easy with Covid-19. Before the season started they were hit with several false-positives, then their goalkeeping department was wiped out prior to their match with Hibs last month.
Now more positive cases have cropped up, two players contracting Covid-19 with one in self-isolation after close contact. It comes just two days before their next Premiership clash with Motherwell on Saturday.
Goodwin has provided an update on the Saints players who have caught the virus: “The boys are fine. They are asymptomatic so they aren’t feeling unwell or anything like that.
“They had the positive tests on Monday and have tested positive with the NHS test since then. They have been in isolation since Monday. It is very frustrating and every manager out there will tell you that we are desperate to get back talking about football.
“Every week it’s a different conversation with the doctor about a different person so it’s really hard to plan a great deal in advance. You are always nervous on a Monday when the testing is being done.
“You’re hoping you get a text message from the doctor to say everything is fine but I know when she’s ringing me that there’s a problem. That was the case on Monday night.”
The Buddies boss admits it has been tough to deal with another wave of bad news on the Covid front. He says that for a squad already struggling with numbers, it’s hard to lose three players, some of which are extremely important.
“It’s a blow, we are low on numbers as it is,” said Goodwin. “It’s one thing after another at the moment but we have to deal with it the best we can.
“It is disruption again but we aren’t naming the players at the moment. It’ll become quite obvious at the weekend. Two out of the three players are big players for us and have been in recent weeks.
“It’s going to be a blow to lose them but we need to shuffle the pack again a little bit. The players have been great, I have to give credit to the squad and staff as a whole. It is unsettling when your teammates test positive.
“You start worrying about your own situation. It’s an anxious time but the players have dealt with it great. People tell me the Irish are lucky, I’m not so sure about that!
“Every team has suffered for one reason or another. As a manager you can accept injury and suspension as it’s part of the game. But we can’t control this virus, it’s causing numerous problems to everyone and footballers aren’t immune.”