England-based Eagles to isolate after AFCON qualifiers

Johnny Edward

Super Eagles players in the English Premier League and the Championship will self-isolate for 10 days on their return to the United Kingdom, The PUNCH reports.

The Eagles have in their ranks six players who would return to England after helping the national team qualify for the 2021 Africa Cup Of Nations billed for Cameroon next year.

They are William Troost-Ekong, Alex Iwobi, Wilfred Ndidi, Kelechi Iheanacho, Semi Ajayi and Ola Aina.

According to the new UK government rules on coronavirus, they can reduce the isolation period to just five days on the provision of a negative COVID-19 test.

“Elite sports people are eligible for the test to release programme after observing five days isolation under Guidance Six of the legislation,” it reads.

“On return, travelling athletes and support staff should return to following protocols as agreed within their sport as per the Stages One to Three Guidance.

“They are required to self-isolate for 10 days on their return (this can be reduced under ‘Test to Release’), apart from when competing in or training for an elite sports event; providing essential support to a domestic elite sportsperson in their competition or training; or providing essential operational support to the running of an elite sports event.”

This also means they may miss their respective clubs league games this weekend.

Leicester City duo Iheanacho and Ndidi may miss the Foxes’ home clash against Manchester City, while Ajayi remains a doubt for struggling West Brom’s trip away to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
Both games are scheduled for Saturday.

Also, Aina may miss Fulham’s clash with Aston Villa on Sunday, while Iwobi will undergo fresh COVID-19 test at Everton, before he would be cleared to play for the Toffees against Crystal Palace.

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