Chris Wilder not surprised if Palace clash is not able to go ahead

Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder says he would not be surprised if Crystal Palace clash is NOT able to go ahead due to the UK’s rising Covid rates but is keeping his fingers crossed no more of his squad test positive

  • Chris Wilder keeping his fingers crossed for results from latest round of testing 
  • Blades’ clash with Burnley went ahead on Tuesday despite multiple Covid cases
  • Sheffield United have not had more players showing symptoms and are tested

Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder is keeping his fingers crossed for the results from the latest round of coronavirus testing.

United’s clash with Burnley went ahead on Tuesday despite two players and several members of staff testing positive, while two more players were taken to Manchester Airport for tests that morning, which came back negative.

The club’s players underwent more testing on Thursday and Wilder admitted he would not be surprised if Saturday’s match against Crystal Palace is not able to go ahead.

Chris Wilder says he would not be surprised if Crystal Palace clash is not able to go ahead

He said: ‘I think the way it’s sweeping the country, I wouldn’t be surprised. It’s starting to grow. Obviously after the Christmas period as well.

‘I wouldn’t be surprised over the round of testing now that there’ll be more positive tests up and down the country in professional football and the Premier League.’ 

United have not had any more players showing symptoms, with Wilder saying: ‘They obviously know the protocol and they have to flag up if they have symptoms but nothing this morning.’

United’s clash against Burnley went ahead on Tuesday after multiple positive Covid-19 tests 

There have been suggestions from some quarters that the season should be paused while cases are high.

Wilder said: ‘It’s obviously ramped up enormously and the speed of what’s been happening over the last eight weeks has changed the situation in the country. 

‘As always, we’ll play with a straight bat, we’ll do what the Premier League wants us to do.’

Blades lost 1-0 and remain without a league win this season and are set to visit Palace next




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