Morecambe camp gets set to end self-isolation ahead of Chelsea FA Cup tie

Derek Adams has confirmed that Morecambe’s players and staff will come out of self-isolation today ahead of Sunday’s FA Cup tie at Chelsea.

Tuesday, 5th January 2021, 8:00 am

The Shrimps have been out of action since the Boxing Day win against Grimsby Town, having had their games at Bolton Wanderers and Bradford City postponed as a result of positive Covid-19 tests.

After a 10-day period of self-isolation in line with EFL and government guidance, as well as the closure of the club’s training ground, everyone will return to start preparations for the weekend trip to Stamford Bridge.

“We come out of isolation at 5pm on Tuesday and then we can start training,” Adams said.

Morecambe manager Derek Adams

“Staff and players had to isolate, and then it became the whole squad, but we are due to get tested on Thursday before the FA Cup game.

“We haven’t been able to train for 10 days now, we haven’t had any activity since our last game against Grimsby.

“Staff and players haven’t been allowed into the training ground, so it’s been a long break for them.

“The strain of the virus seems to be accelerating quite quickly around the country and prevention is the best source at this moment in time.

“The decision was taken by the football club’s doctor that the best course of action was to self-isolate the whole squad and staff to stop the spread of the virus.”

Adams has maintained regular contact with the Shrimps’ squad during their unexpected break, which had come at an inopportune moment.

The win against Grimsby had been their fifth in six league matches, leaving them handily placed in the League Two play-off spots at the time.

“They are looking forward to getting back and playing in the FA Cup,” Adams said.

“It’s obviously a difficult game because Chelsea are one of the best teams in the country but the players are looking forward to it.

“We’ve been on a very good run in the league and we’d been looking forward to the games at Bolton and Bradford.

“We’d have liked to have played the games because of the form we’ve been in but it wasn’t to be and now we’ll have to look and see when we can play them.”

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