According to the news agency PA, Wayne Rooney and the whole Derby first-team squad will miss Saturday’s FA Cup match against Chorley after the training ground was closed due to the corona virus. On Saturday afternoon, the Rams will instead take on a team made up of players from the U23s and U18s at Victory Park.
On Monday, following the closure of the club’s Moor Farm, a number of first-team players and staff tested positive for Covid-19. “Derby said it was “in dialogue with the EFL and Football Association in relation to upcoming matches” in a statement released after those tests. Wayne Rooney and Derby’s first-team squad would miss the FA Cup match (Nigel French/PA) on Saturday. FA Cup rules state that if they have 14 qualified players – including the U23 and U18 squads – available, clubs must play their matches. The match was chosen for live television coverage at Chorley’s Victory Park and is expected to kick off at 12:15 p.m. Apart from the first-team players, Derby’s options may be further depleted as many U23 squad members have trained in recent days with the first team. In the squad for Friday’s 1-0 loss to Sheffield Wednesday, Jahmal Hector-Ingram, Louie Watson, Morgan Whittaker and Kaide Gordon were all in the side. While the news could boost the chances of Chorley continuing their cup run, which has already seen victories over Peterborough and Wigan, it is a blow for the North side of the National League as they face one of their greatest games ever behind closed doors. Boss Jamie Vermiglio said Rooney’s presence at Victory Park will be incredibly important for Chorley before the news was confirmed. The end of Duke Street begins to take shape ahead of the massive #EmiratesFACup clash on Saturday. We’re still accepting flags/banners – contact @ben kay8 to arrange thanks to https://t. For the wide black and white stripes, co/EsKFO8P5sN #DeckOutDukeSt pic.twitter.com/Ymd8tZoUds- Chorley FC (@chorleyfc) January 5, 2021 “I just hope he’s here,” said Vermiglio. At Manchester United, he is an absolute legend for what he has achieved as a footballer. “He is an absolute legend at Manchester United and what he has done as a footballer. ” “Even though it would be a disadvantage for us if he was here, it would add a bit more value to the occasion. “The last thing we want is to play against an under-18 team. This is our opportunity to shine against good players. “If Wayne Rooney came, it would be the crowning glory for us.”