After the latest test round on Monday, Stoke City manager, Michael O’Neill tested positive for COVID-19.
At the last minute on Tuesday after they received the news, a planned friendly match between Stoke and Manchester United that was to take place at the Carrington training base was dramatically cancelled.
It’s understood that O’Neill, 50, was tested on Monday for the sixth time and his positive result came back from the EFL after the Stoke squad arrived for a friendly match at Carrington.
A club statement read:
‘Stoke City can confirm that manager Michael O’Neill has tested positive for the Covid-19 virus following the latest round of testing on Monday. O’Neill had tested negative in the previous five rounds of testing.
‘He will now follow the relevant guidance and undergo a period of isolation, whilst continuing to be in regular virtual contact with his coaching staff and players.
‘Assistant manager Billy McKinlay will take charge of training as the Potters prepare for their game against Reading on June 20.’