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Stephen Robinson's men win with style in the Granite City.The visitors were 3-0 up and cruising inside 23 minutes as a Mark O'Hara penalty was added to by strikes from Christopher Long and Bevis Mugabi.
Sporting are determined to get theirtie against Aberdeen ON – even if they have to field players from their B team.
But it looks like Dons won’t know if the tie will go ahead until the day of the game when they are already in Portugal.
Sporting have been hit with a Covid-19 crisis after NINE players and their coach Ruben Amorim tested positive.
Their Primeira Liga game against Gil Vincente this weekend has already been postponed.
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Sporting are in talks withto ensure the tie goes ahead and are isolating at a training camp in the Algarve.
UEFA will make a final decision after further Covid-19 tests 24 hours before kick-off.
The club’s fit players trained yesterday in Lagos and will be tested again today but Sporting will field younger players from their B side or youth set-up if necessary.
A source at Sporting said: “The situation is changing all the time but we are determined to play the game.”
Skipper Sebastian Coates also wants the tie to go ahead on Thursday.
The formerdefender said: “The last week hasn’t been normal with the Covid problems.
“But we need to assess the situation and adhere to the authorities. We are confident the match will be okay. A defeat against the Scottish club would be disastrous.”
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