City loanee at club who announce positive Covid player cases

Jordan Thomas recently joined Orient on loan from Norwich City Picture: Archant

Jordan Thomas recently joined Orient on loan from Norwich City Picture: Archant - Credit: Nick Butcher

League Two Leyton Orient have announced a ‘number of their first-team squad’ have tested positive for coronavirus - with Norwich City youngster Jordan Thomas currently on loan at the O’s.

Thomas was an unused substitute in Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Mansfield Town - with the O’s confirming they have made their recent opponents aware of the positive tests from their camp.

In an official statement released on Monday, the club also confirmed that the tests had been undertaken after Saturday’s fixture and they’ve taken action by closing their stadium whilst they deal with the infections. But the identity of the players has not been released.

Orient were due to host Tottenham on Tuesday night in the next round of the League Cup but a final decision on whether that game goes ahead will be announced in due course.

It read: “Today (Monday 21st) we received formal confirmation which shows that a number of our first-team squad have tested positive for Covid-19.

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“We have informed the EFL and Tottenham Hotspur and will make a further announcement regarding Tuesday’s match shortly.

“We have also informed Mansfield Town, Plymouth Argyle and Oldham Athletic, our three most recent opponents, prior to the public release of this information.

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“Leyton Orient’s priority is the health and well-being of its players and staff. Those who have tested positive will now strictly follow government self-isolation guidelines.

“The Breyer Group Stadium and training ground facilities will be closed until further notice.

“At this time, the club will make no further comment.”

The 19-year-old had so far made two appearances for Ross Embleton’s club. He made his Premier League debut for the Canaries as a late substitute on the final day at Manchester City after two Football League Trophy appearances earlier in the season.

Marco Stiepermann is the only City player to have been confirmed as having Covid-19 after testing positive in June.

Former Canaries loanee Sean Raggett also had coronavirus in March - both made full recoveries and have returned to playing regularly.

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