First-team squad will not travel to FA Cup match U23 team and players from U18 will be present
As the training ground is closed due to the Corona virus, Wayne Rooney and the whole Derby first-team squad will miss Saturday’s FA Cup match at Chorley. Derby will field a team of U23 and U18 teams, it is known. FA Cup rules state that if they have 14 qualified players available – including the U23 and U18 squads – clubs must play their matches. On Monday, a number of first-team players and staff tested positive for Covid-19, causing the club’s training facilities to be closed. On Monday, two other Manchester City players and one employee tested positive for Covid. The Victory Park match has been chosen for live TV coverage and is scheduled to kick off at 12:15 GMT. Darren Wassall, the academy director of Derby, is likely to be officiating the game and will have to do without some U23 squad members who have been training with the first team in recent days. The creation raises the likelihood of an upset being caused by the National League North side, but Rooney had hoped their manager Jamie Vermiglio and the first team would be present. “From a personal point of view, for the players and the fans, we want to see Wayne Rooney at Victory Park,” Vermiglio said before the news was confirmed. While if he were here, it would be a detriment for us, it would bring a bit more importance to the occasion. The last thing we want is to play in an U18 team.
In the meantime, Shrewsbury has stated that many players and workers have tested positive for Covid-19. On Saturday, the League One team must travel to Southampton in the FA Cup. “In accordance with EFL and government guidelines, all individuals concerned will now enter a period of self-isolation,”In accordance with EFL and government guidelines, all concerned individuals will now enter a period of self-isolation.