Derby’s boss says that the youth team will play in the Chorley FA Cup

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Derby chief executive Stephen Pearce has announced the club will send a group of U23s and U18s players to Saturday’s FA Cup match at Chorley after a coronavirus outbreak closed the club’s training ground.Manager Wayne Rooney and the entire Derby first-team squad will miss the third-round match at Lancashire, with Pearce announcing that nine players and staff inside the bubble have tested positive

“The first team and coaching staff will be isolated until early next week when they will be tested again,”The first team and coaching staff will be isolated until early next week when they will be absent from the Chorley FA Cup game (Richard Sellers/PA). “But we will be able to play the game against Chorley because the Football Association rules are slightly different to the EFL. “If you have 14 registered players – and it doesn’t matter if they are registered with the academy or the first team – you are required to play the game if you can, unless you wish to apply for other purposes. “We still have 16 players we can use on Saturday,” he said. Derby CEO Stephen Pearce said the rules of the Football Association required the club to play the FA Cup game (Mike Egerton/PA) “It’s a great opportunity for these lads and for Pat Lyons and Gary Bowyer, who will be in charge of the team at the weekend. “Pearce said Derby had to make alternative training plans for his new cup team. The Rams used the three weeks without a home game to resurface the turf at Pride Stadium, in addition to closing the training ground. In the nearby St George’s Park, the FA’s national soccer base, Derby’s youngsters will now spend two days preparing for their cup tie against the National League North hosts. Derby County issued an update at @chorleyfc on Saturday’s @EmiratesFACup game.- Derby County (@dcfcofficial) January 6, 2021 The FA will also cover the cost of coronavirus testing for the Derby squad. Pearce said, “Fingers crossed that these lads get the opportunity to play in the FA Cup on Saturday. “We had consultations with the E on Monday morning following the positive tests for Covid on Monday morning. Part of the issue we have is that a lot of our younger academy talent is on the edge of the first-team squad. Derby’s youngsters are training for the FA Cup at St George’s Park (Mike Egerton/PA) “Part of the problem we have is also that a lot of our younger academy talent is on the first-team squad bubble. Derby’s youngsters prepare for the FA Cup at St George’s Park (Mike Egerton/PA) ” The match at Chorley’s Victory Park has been chosen for live TV coverage and is scheduled to kick off on Saturday at 12.15pm. Manager Jamie Vermiglio said, before the news was reported, “Before the news was confirmed, manager Jamie Vermiglio said, ” “The last thing we want is to play against the U18 squad. It’s our opportunity to shine against good players. “The crowning glory for us will be the coming of Wayne Rooney.”

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