Wayne Rooney has been embroiled in a coronavirus drama after being visited by a good friend who had been instructed to be examined for Covid-19 and was later discovered to have the illness.
The Solar newspaper reported that the previous England captain – now player-coach at Sky Wager Championship facet Derby – was “seething” after contaminated entrepreneur Josh Bardsley visited him at his luxurious mansion on Thursday to offer him a watch.
The paper mentioned Bardsley, 21, had already been contacted by Take a look at and Hint personnel, had taken a check and subsequently ought to have been self-isolating. His check later got here again optimistic.
Rooney, who’s married to tv character Coleen and has 4 kids, was unaware of any Covid-related considerations linked with Bardsley, and performed in Derby’s 1-0 house loss to Watford a day after the go to on Friday night.
Authorities pointers say anybody who has been in touch with an individual who has examined optimistic should self-isolate for 14 days.
It’s now possible that, at least, the Derby and Watford squads together with their assist workers will probably be compelled to take exams. Rooney has already indicated he’ll take a check.
A press release from Rooney’s administration mentioned the 34-year-old was “offended and upset” by Bardsley’s actions.
“It was solely at the moment (Saturday) following media approaches and his personal investigations that Wayne turned conscious that Josh had been contacted by monitor and hint earlier than the go to and mustn’t have come to his home,” the assertion from a spokesman, printed in The Solar, mentioned.
“Wayne additionally at the moment found that Josh had subsequently examined optimistic for Covid-19. Had he identified both that Josh had been contacted by monitor and hint or had examined optimistic he would have refused to have seen him.”
The assertion mentioned Rooney would even have instructed his membership “instantly” had he identified he had been in touch with “anybody suspected of getting the virus”.
“Wayne is offended and upset that he, his household and his membership have been put on this place by somebody performing secretly and in breach of Authorities and NHS pointers. He’s now taking a coronavirus check on account of his contact with Josh,” the assertion mentioned.
Derby didn’t identify Rooney however confirmed in a membership assertion that they had been conscious of the stories and can be following pointers.
“Derby County Soccer Membership is conscious of a report in a nationwide newspaper referring to a member of the membership’s enjoying squad being in touch with a person which has examined optimistic for Covid-19,” it learn.
“On being made conscious of this information the membership has ensured that the suitable measures had been taken according to strict EFL Covid-19 protocols and UK Authorities pointers, which the membership is working below.
“The membership will proceed to stick to the Covid-19 guidelines and protocols to make sure that the most secure potential setting is offered for its gamers and workers.
“The membership will make no additional remark except an extra replace is required in relation to this matter.”