Salford announce two unnamed players have tested positive for coronavirus just four days before Challenge Cup final with Leeds… though Tuesday’s Super League tie with Hull KR will still go ahead
- Salford have been rocked by two Covid-19 cases before the Challenge Cup final
- They take on Leeds in their first Challenge Cup final appearance in 51 years
- The two players have not been named while two other players are also isolating
- Salford’s Super League tie against Hull on Tuesday nighit is still going ahead
Rugby league Challenge Cup finalists Salford have announced two players have tested positive for coronavirus just four days before their Wembley showdown with Leeds.
The unnamed pair are now self-isolating, as are two other players as a precaution after their results from the latest two rounds of routine Covid-19 testing came back inconclusive.
The Red Devils were already without eight other players due to injury for Tuesday’s Super League match against Hull KR at Warrington but have decided to honour the fixture to protect the competition’s integrity.
Two Salford players have tested positive for Covid-19 just days before the Challenge Cup final
The Red Devils have confirmed they will still play Tuesday’s Super League match with Hull KR
It was a game that had already been placed into jeopardy earlier in the day after Rovers reported tests on two of their players had also proved inconclusive.
At one stage Rovers had only 15 players available before they were told certain individuals would be able to play. The afternoon kick-off was put back an hour while the matter was resolved.
Coach Tony Smith said: ‘We’ve had a couple of inconclusive tests and apparently they’re not allowed to play.
Salford take on Leeds in the Red Devils’ first Challenge Cup Final in 51 years on the weekend
‘I think they were checking to see who else may have been affected if they come back positive.
‘We were sat on the bus for an hour and a half or so while they decided how we were going to attack this, whether we kept going with it or not.
‘We’re grateful and probably lucky to be playing this afternoon. It was close.’