Super League club Hull FC have confirmed that 12 people in the club have tested positive for coronavirus, including nine players.
The rugby league side have been struggling with Covid-19 this week after seven players and one staff members was diagnosed with the virus this week.
Those seven players all featured in last weekend’s game against Salford Red Devils, but the number has now risen to 12 in total.
Both Hull and Salford have already said they will not be participating in Super League games this weekend.
A Hull FC statement read: ‘This week’s second round of testing on players and staff from Hull FC and Salford Red Devils has been completed.
‘All the Salford Red Devils players and staff have tested negative for the second time this week. The club have already announced two further rounds of testing next week.
‘A total of nine Hull FC players and three staff members have tested positive for Covid-19.
‘The remainder of the clubs players, coaches and backroom staff have returned negative results for a second time.
‘Seven of the players who have tested positive featured in Hull FC’s match-day 17 against Salford Red Devils.
‘Hull FC continue to work closely with the Rugby Football League and Public Health England. Both the club and Rugby League Cares are providing welfare support to the players and staff affected by Covid-19.’
Rugby League returned from its coronavirus hiatus on August 2 after a 140-day break due to the global pandemic.
All matches will be played behind closed doors, in line with Government guidelines, at St Helen’s RFC.