Newcastle United finally return to full training after 13 days of COVID-19 lockdown

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Newcastle United have reopened their Darsley Park training base on Tuesday, December 9, after 13 days of closing the training base due to rising cases of coronavirus.

The Premier League club could not train together after their last league match against Crystal Palace on November 27 which ended 0-2 in favor of Newcastle.

Due to the rising confirmed cases of coronavirus among players and staff of the club, the Newcastle United’s Premier League game against Aston Villa scheduled for Friday, 4 December, had to be postponed indefinitely.

Newcastle succeeded in convincing the handlers of the league to postpone the match because they were able to prove that they didn’t have enough players to execute the match and that they were not able to train ahead of the match due to coronavirus cases.

Earlier this evening, December 9, the club confirmed that their training base has been reopened which means that the club’s Premier League match against West Brom scheduled for Saturday, 12 December, might go on as planned since the club now has enough players to execute the game.

Newcastle United Darsley Park training base
Newcastle United’s Darsley Park training base

Recall that in the last two weeks, Newcastle United have reported about 7 confirmed coronavirus cases. These cases were reported among players and staff of the club which subsequently forced the club to suspend group training.

The players were permitted to train from home which they have been doing in anticipation of the resumption of the usual form of group training at the club’s training ground.

Before the commencement of this week, the players and staff were tested for coronavirus and most of them reportedly returned negative coronavirus test results which means that the situation is not as bad as it was before the club went on a lockdown.

In a tweet the club shared via the club’s official Twitter handle today, Newcastle confirmed that: “The #NUFC squad return to full group training this afternoon following last week’s temporary closure due to a rise in Covid-19 cases.”

As of the time of publishing this report, Newcastle United nor the Premier League was yet to confirm whether Newcastle United vs West Brom Premier League match would take place as planned. However, the likelihood that the match will go on is high since the players have started group training ahead of the match.

Before Newcastle United went on a lockdown, the club has played 10 league games in which the club recorded 4 wins, 2 draws, and 4 defeats. The club is currently sitting on the 13th spot on the league table with 14 points, 8 points away from the relegation zone, and 10 points from the top of the league table.

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