Wells and team-mates take caution over virus
Nahki Wells and his Bristol City team-mates have taken precautionary measures to reduce the risk of the spread of the Covid-19 outbreak.
The club announced yesterday that it has taken the decision that players and football staff will have a period of individual training away from the club's Failand training base as they regard the health and wellbeing of their players, staff and their families to be of “paramount importance”.
Wells and his team-mates have been issued with tailored programmes, including heart-rate monitors and fitness equipment, to prepare individually ahead of returning to squad training for the resumption of fixtures.
The Sky Bet Championship side have also “respectively asked” their supporters not to shake hands with or ask players and coaches to sign autographs or pose for photographs in public places as per public health guidance.
The precautionary measures were implemented shortly after elite football in Britain was suspended until at least April 3 as a result of the spread of coronavirus.
All games in England's Premier League, EFL, Women's Super League and Women's Championship, plus in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, have been postponed.
The Premier League said play will start on April 4 subject to “conditions at the time”.
“This decision has not been taken lightly and the health and wellbeing of players, staff and supporters is paramount,” Mark Ashton, the City chief executive officer, said. “On behalf of the club, I would like to thank you for your continued support and understanding and would reiterate that health protection is the top priority for everyone at this moment.”
The EFL, which hopes to resume play a day earlier than the Premier League on April 3, said clubs were also advised to suspend “non-essential activities” such as “player appearances, training ground visits and fan meetings”.
Elite football was suspended after Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta and Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi tested positive for the virus. Three Leicester City players have also self-isolated after showing symptoms.