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Sport Derek McInnes reflects on Aberdeen shock as first team star returns to training after coronavirus scare

01:32  08 july  2020
01:32  08 july  2020 Source:   msn.com

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Aberdeen have confirmed that the player who tested positive for Covid-19 has been given the okay to return to training.

The Dons man tested positive at the end of last month, but has since had three negative tests.

It means the first-team star can return to training with staff at Cormack Park on Wednesday and will likely be able to return to full training next week.

An Aberdeen statement confirmed: “The club can confirm the first team squad member who tested positive for COVID-19 will return to Cormack Park tomorrow to begin his 'Return to Play' protocol, which is mandatory for all those who have tested positive.

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“The player, who remained asymptomatic throughout, has been following the appropriate isolation procedures since the positive test and the medical team are now satisfied he has met all the criteria to start a graded return to full training.

“All other players continue to produce negative results as part of our mandatory testing regime, provided by the Aberdeen Clinic, and together with the stringent hygiene and safety measures in place at Cormack Park we are confident the precautions the Club is taking are working effectively.”

Manager Derek McInnes admitted the initial news was a shock.

He explained: “The player tested positive and it was a shock, but it’s a reminder how quickly it can potentially derail things if you don’t do things right.

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“We’ve taken confidence and strength from the fact we feel all the procedures and protocols we’ve set up at the training ground is working for us.

“The player has since had three negative tests.

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“He will be able to work on his own or a member of staff for a period of five or six days, then rejoin the group again the following Tuesday.

“The player was showing no signs, he was training as normal. He was very diligent and had taken the seriousness of it.”

McInnes admitted that Aberdeen are taking no risks and more than 700 tests have been done on their players and staff since they returned to training.

The Dons boss stated: “The testing regime has been very thorough.

“We’ve had good feedback from the testing company, we’ve been getting round a few companies and a few clubs. We take confidence from the fact that we’re doing things right.

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“Since we’ve come back, with ancillary staff, football staff and players, we’ve probably had more than 700 tests.

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“It would probably be more of a surprise if we hadn’t had a positive test from that, if you look at the national average.

“It’s a wee reminder and while it’s not ideal, at the same time you speak to the medical people and testing companies and they say ‘this is why we’re doing it’.

“The players are three to a changing room at the training ground at the minute, they report at different times and the only time they’re in contact is on the training pitch.

“Even then, it’s in and out of contact.”

If Scottish society and football continues to suppress the virus then he is confident the Premiership will kick off as planned, on August 1, with the Dons set to entertain Rangers.

The Aberdeen test is the only positive one so far to be registered in Scottish football.

McInnes added: “We feel confident that what we’re doing is certain as well at the minute. Long may that continue.

“While it was a wee bit of a blow at the time, we feel it is what it is.”

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