'It's Massive, a Huge outcome' - Leeds Exclusive: Whelan raves about development
Noel Whelan has heaped praise on Leeds United players and staff for their discipline after no one at the club tested positive for coronavirus.
The former Elland Road forward, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, hoped future testing would provide the same outcome to give the Championship the best possible chance of finishing.
The first round of COVID-19 testing in the Championship resulted in only two positive cases from the 1014 players and club staff tested – both from Hull City.
That means 23 of the 24 Championship clubs are currently coronavirus-free as players returned to training on Monday for the first time in two months.
Whelan suggested the results were a big boost in the club’s quest to gain promotion with a restart on 12 June looking increasingly likely.
“It is massive, a huge outcome,” he told Football Insider.
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“Out of over 1000 players being tested only two have come back positive.
“That in itself shows that the players have done the right thing and been sensible. The Leeds players are among those who have clearly stayed in and gone by the guidelines the government have set for them.
“Hopefully, this can continue up to the start and the conclusion of the Championship.”
From two rounds of Premier League testing, eight players have received positive results from the 1744 players and coaches tested.
A Premier League statement read, “The Premier League can today confirm that on Tuesday 19 May, Thursday 21 May and Friday 22 May, 996 players and club staff were tested for COVID-19. Of these, two have tested positive from two clubs.
“Players or club staff who have tested positive will now self-isolate for a period of seven days.”