Noel Whelan believes Leeds United will have to break their silence after an individual at the club reportedly tested positive for Covid-19.

The former Leeds striker and lifelong Whites fan, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, insists the club cannot leave the situation unanswered for too long and says he expects a statement from Elland Road soon.

The Daily Mail reported on Thursday that the club received one positive result from the latest round of testing, with a total of nine new cases from 1,094 players and staff across the Championship.

 

However, as revealed by The Athletic’s Phil Hay, the club have chosen to make no comment on the claims.

Whelan believes that Leeds would be best off addressing the speculation surrounding the issue and says he is expecting an official statement over the coming days.

“There will be speculation whether they name the player or staff member anyway, whether it’s spread through the camp or not,” Whelan told Football Insider.

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“I think the club need to have a little think about it, about the statement they’re going to put out. Obviously you can’t leave it too long, people would like to know and generally two to three days after, even in the Premier League, these players’ names have been disclosed.

“I wouldn’t expect anything different coming out of Leeds, they’ve handled everything very well so far so I would expect something from the club between now and Sunday or Monday with the player or staff member’s names come out to let everybody know who it is and that they’re doing everything necessary to quarantine and keep everyone else safe.” 

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Sheffield Wednesday, Huddersfield and Preston North End have all confirmed they were among the other clubs to have received positive tests in the latest round of assessments.

The Championship season is currently pencilled in to resume on 20 June, with nine games left to play for the majority of sides.

In other Leeds United news, Michael Brown has suggested that the Whites could do deal for a standout performer this summer.