Falkirk v Kilmarnock unlikely to go ahead with full Killie squad in 14 day isolation

Falkirk’s first competitive game in seven months now looks unlikely to be played this Tuesday as Betfred Cup opponents Kilmarnock have their entire first team squad in isolation.

Friday, 2nd October 2020, 1:05 pm
Kilmarnock manager Alex Dyer
Kilmarnock manager Alex Dyer

A statement from the SPFL’s Joint Response Group said: “ The Joint Response Group has received further information on the situation at Kilmarnock FC based on a meeting this morning led by NHS Ayrshire and Arran Public Health, and including representatives from the club, Scottish Government, Public Health Scotland and the Scottish FA.

"NHS Ayrshire & Arran Test and Protect Team carried out COVID-19 contact tracing following the six confirmed positive tests at the club.

"As a result, the club has been advised by the local Problem Assessment Group that the whole playing squad should self-isolate for a 14-day period. This is in order to minimise the risk of further cases in the staff group and wider local community and to support Test and Protect.

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"The SPFL Board are meeting this afternoon to discuss the implications for Kilmarnock’s fixtures within that period and will issue a statement thereafter.”

The Ayrshire side first announced that three of their players were quarantining on Wednesday and, following another bout of testing, confirmed a further three players would have to isolate.

A statement from the club read: “ Kilmarnock Football Club can confirm a further three individuals have recorded positive tests for COVID-19 following today’s round of testing.

"In addition to the three positive tests recorded by the club earlier this week, this means six players in total have now tested positive and will require to self-isolate as per Scottish Government guidelines.

"The three individuals who have recorded positive tests today will now be the subject of NHS testing.

"Discussions will take place between the club and NHS Ayrshire and Arran Health Board’s Test and Protect team tomorrow morning to determine the implications of the test results for our Premiership fixture against Motherwell.

"The health and wellbeing of our players and staff remains paramount and we wish all those affected a speedy recovery.”

We’ll bring you further news once we have it.