Wayne Rooney and entire Derby first team squad will miss FA Cup third round tie at non-league Chorley after Covid-19 outbreak… but game will go ahead with Rams set to field academy players so they don’t have to forfeit their place
- Derby County set to play non-league Chorley in the FA Cup this weekend
- But a Covid-19 outbreak has forced Derby players and staff into self-isolation
- Wayne Rooney and his first-team players will not be present for third round tie
- Instead, the Rams will field a mixture of under-23 and under-18 players
Wayne Rooney and Derby County’s first team will miss this Saturday’s FA Cup third round tie at Chorley amid the club’s Covid-19 outbreak – but the game is expected to go ahead.
Seven members of staff and players at the club have tested positive for Covid-19 but in order to fulfil the fixture against National League North opposition, Derby will field a side from their under-23 and under-18 squads.
And the Daily Telegraph report that interim manager Rooney will not be present with Derby academy director Darren Wassall taking charge of the team.
Derby County interim manager Wayne Rooney and his first team players will not play in this Saturday’s FA Cup third round tie against non-league Chorley amid a Covid-19 outbreak
The Rams (in pink) played Sheffield Wednesday last Friday before the coronavirus outbreak
Had Derby not put a side out in the BT Sport-televised fixture at Victory Park, they may have been forced to forfeit their place in the FA Cup with the Football Association set to decide the outcome of any postponed fixture this weekend on a case-by-case basis.
Rooney and the first-team are self-isolating as a precaution after a serious outbreak of coronavirus that has seen their training ground closed until Tuesday next week.
Derby were beaten 1-0 at Sheffield Wednesday in their last Championship fixture last Friday, a rare setback in what has been a positive start to management for the former England captain.
National League North team Chorley stunned League One Peterborough in the last round
Since he took soul interim charge of the clubs, they have won three, drawn four and lost two of nine matches.
They do remain in the Championship relegation zone, however, albeit only on goal difference from Wednesday. Derby also have a game in hand.
It comes as Southampton’s third round tie against Shrewsbury Town is in doubt following an outbreak of Covid cases at the League One club.
Shrewsbury have contacted the FA, who announced this week they will decide the outcome of postponed third round game on their merits.
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