SPFL Premiership games put at risk as two Aberdeen players test positive for COVID-19

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Two unnamed Aberdeen players have tested positive for COVID-19, just one game into the new SPFL Premiership season.

The announcement has put Aberdeen’s game against St Johnstone this Saturday in peril, as track and trace is put to work to discover if other individuals have been affected.

As it stands the game will go ahead, but this is by no means a certainty.

The players in question are self-isolating and not attending training. No further players have tested positive to date.

This revelation comes just the day after Aberdeen was put back into an affective lockdown by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon following a spike of cases in the city.

Nicola Sturgeon announced Aberdeen’s new restrictions yesterday (Credit: The Standard)

It is understood that the cluster of cases stems from bars and restaurants in Aberdeen, which are now closed.

Whilst just two individuals have been confirmed as being impacted, the knock-on effect of this positive test puts this weekend’s game against St Johnstone at risk of postponement, as well as highlighting the fragility of playing football in the current climate.

Aberdeen Chairman Dave Cormack said: “With two first team players testing positive for COVID-19, plus six others having to isolate for 14 days, it is also a harsh reminder of the severity and speed of spread of this virus.

“The Club will be carrying out a full investigation but, as an immediate first step, we have reinforced the Club’s COVID-19 protocols and the governing bodies’ guidance with every player and member of staff and will continue to regularly educate and remind everyone of what is, and what is not, acceptable in the current climate.”

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