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Kilmarnock players get coronavirus, Motherwell clash in doubt

Kilmarnock’s Scottish Premiership clash against Motherwell could be called off after three more players tested positive for the coronavirus.

Kilmarnock cancelled training earlier on Thursday as they awaited results after the first three positive test results emerged on Wednesday.

The fate of Friday’s Rugby Park clash now hinges on the advice of health officials.

A statement from the Scottish football authorities read: “The Joint Response Group has tonight been informed by Kilmarnock FC that three further players have tested positive for Covid-19.

“This means six players in total have now tested positive and will require to self-isolate as per Scottish Government guidelines.

“The SPFL is awaiting further information from Kilmarnock FC and Ayrshire and Arran Health Board’s Test and Protect team tomorrow morning (Friday) to determine the implications of the test results for tomorrow’s Premiership fixture against Motherwell.

“The league body will make further comment upon receipt of that information.”

Kilmarnock manager Alex Dyer admitted his squad had been left in limbo.

The three players who initially tested positive were also confirmed to be carrying  coronavirus following National Health Service tests.

“We wanted to prepare for tomorrow but we can’t do,” Dyer said.

“We are in limbo. We tested again this morning and we’re just waiting for results to come back later on today hopefully and we can plan ahead, and do what we have to do.

“The players are OK, as long as they are safe and well, which is the most important thing.”

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