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    Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson says club escaped any positive Covid-19 tests after Newcastle game

    Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson confirms club escaped any positive Covid-19 tests with club taking immediate action after Newcastle suffered an outbreak of the virus following their trip to Selhurst Park

    • Crystal Palace avoided any positive Covid-19 tests after playing Newcastle
    • The Magpies suffered an outbreak of the virus following the match last weekend 
    • Roy Hodgson said the club took immediate action to prevent player contact 

    Crystal Palace took immediate action to keep their players separated after learning last weekend’s opponents Newcastle had been hit by a Covid-19 outbreak – but they have escaped any positive tests.

    Three Newcastle players who featured during their 2-0 win at Selhurst Park last Friday were later confirmed to be infected by the virus. Their fixture at Aston Villa has been postponed with around 10 individuals at the club having tested positive.

    There were fears that Palace, too, could be affected by the spread, but manager Roy Hodgson says preventive measures were very quickly put in place.

    Roy Hodgson says Crystal Palace escaped any positive Covid-19 tests after playing Newcastle

    The Magpies suffered an outbreak of the virus after their trip to Selhurst Park last weekend

    The Magpies suffered an outbreak of the virus after their trip to Selhurst Park last weekend

    ‘There was concern,’ he said. ‘Our doctor and team liaison officer did exceptionally well in making certain we quickly realised it would be difficult for us to operate before we were tested.

    ‘They worked hard to make sure the players came in to training in their own cars. 

    ‘They were changed in their cars and we didn’t have the usual breakfast and lunch facilities. We went straight from the car to the training field and back into the car.

    The Eagles will welcome back Wilfried Zaha for the trip to West Brom after the winger missed the last two games following a positive coronavirus test

    The Eagles will welcome back Wilfried Zaha for the trip to West Brom after the winger missed the last two games following a positive coronavirus test

    ‘We did everything to make sure players weren’t in an environment where they were close together in an indoor area. 

    ‘Luckily, all of our tests proved negative and we were able to return to a normal way of working.’

    Palace welcome back Wilfried Zaha for Sunday’s trip to West Brom after missing the Newcastle game because of Covid-19.

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