COVID cases hit Owls hard ahead of FA Cup tie

Last updated : 07 January 2021 By C. Morris

Key staff affected as Owls try and prepare for Exeter clash

Sheffield Wednesday will travel south to face Exeter City in the FA Cup 3rd round on Saturday but their preparations have been severely disrupted by an outbreak of COVID at the club.

Earlier in the week it was confirmed that the training ground had been shut due to the virus and that the team were awaiting the results on the latest tests.

Today the club have confirmed that caretaker manager Neil Thompson and his assistants Lee Bullen and Steven Haslam have all tested positive. They will all now undergo a period of isolation and so Owls academy coach Andy Holdsworth will take charge of the game on Saturday.

It remains to be seen whether any of the players have also been affected, either way it has been far from an ideal week to prepare for a game and the training ground will remain closed until further notice.

Hopefully all personnel at the club who have tested positive will only experience a mild version of the virus and all Owls fans will wish them a speedy and full recovery.