City player tests positive for coronavirus

PUBLISHED: 22:00 15 October 2020 | UPDATED: 22:00 15 October 2020

Norwich City defender Rocky Bushiri has tested positive for coronavirus Picture: Norwich City FC

Norwich City defender Rocky Bushiri has tested positive for coronavirus Picture: Norwich City FC

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Norwich City defender Rocky Bushiri has tested positive for coronavirus, according to his on loan club KV Mechelen.

The Belgian Under-21 international centre back has no symptoms but is now in quarantine in Belgium and will be re-tested next week.

The 20-year-old, who joined the Canaries in July 2019 but has yet to make a senior first team appearance at Carrow Road after previous loans spells with Blackpool and St Truiden before joining Mechelen, played his last game on October 2 in a 4-1 league defeat at Royal Antwerp.

Mechelen have released a statement on their official site, which reads: ‘Rocky Bushiri has tested positive for COVID-19. The defender was immediately quarantined and will be re-tested next week.

‘In the last tests on COVID-19, one player from the top team, Rocky Bushiri, tested positive.

Marco Stiepermann was ruled out of a Norwich City game in the Premier League after he returned a positive coronavirus test result 
Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images LtdMarco Stiepermann was ruled out of a Norwich City game in the Premier League after he returned a positive coronavirus test result Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

‘Rocky has no disease symptoms at the moment, but as the protocol prescribes, the rest of the squad will be re-tested after five days on Monday.’

The news comes after Norwich club mate Adam Idah missed the Republic of Ireland’s recent Euro2020 play-off tie in Slovakia after being deemed a ‘close contact’ of a backroom member who initially returned a positive test result.

That was later adjudged to be a ‘false positive’ following further tests on the individual with Idah re-joining the Irish camp after his own negative test results under the supervision of City’s medical staff.

Marco Stiepermann was the only previous Norwich player to return a positive test result for the virus and missed the first game of the ‘Project Restart’ period last season against Southampton before re-joining Daniel Farke’s squad.

The boss of City’s next league opponents, Norwich fan Paul Warne, will miss Saturday’s Championship game at Rotherham as he is currently self-isolating due to a family member testing positive for coronavirus.

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