Bale hands Tottenham boost after returning negative Covid-19 test

Gareth Bale hands Tottenham boost after returning negative Covid-19 test despite hugging virus-stricken team-mate Matt Doherty after Wales’ Nations League victory over Ireland

  • Footballer Gareth Bale has returned a negative coronavirus test this week 
  • Fears had risen regarding whether the Tottenham ace had contracted the virus 
  • Bale’s club team-mate Matt Doherty returned a positive test earlier in the week 
  • The pair had hugged after Wales beat Ireland in the Nations League 

Gareth Bale has returned a negative test for Covid-19, erasing his fears from earlier in the week after coming into contact with virus-stricken team-mate Matt Doherty.

Bale and Doherty had hugged on Sunday evening following Wales 1-0 victory over the Republic of Ireland in Nations League action.

After which Doherty went on to provide a positive coronavirus test, causing fears for the health of other players he had come into contact with. 

Gareth Bale has tested negative for Covid-19 despite coming into contact with Matt Doherty

Bale had revealed his concern at coming into contact with his Tottenham team-mate Doherty and James McClean, who also tested positive for coronavirus. 

He told Sky Sports: ‘It’s a slight concern for everybody when you’ve been playing someone and you’re in close contact with them on the field.

‘Maybe you’re not long enough with them to catch it, but you’re a bit wary.

‘It’s good news that everyone’s come back and tested negative and now we can just concentrate on the game on Wednesday.’    

Bale and Doherty embraced on Sunday night, after which the Irishman went on to test positive

Bale also shared the pitch with James McClean, who also tested positive for coronavirus

But it has now been confirmed that Bale and his international team-mates have given negative readings after several tests.

Every Welsh player has since returned a negative coronavirus test, allowing their Nations League promotion decider against Finland on Wednesday to go ahead.  

Speaking to reporters following international duty this week, Bale said: ‘We feel safe. Things do happen which are out of your control and you never know where the virus is and that’s why it is so difficult.

‘We have been lucky we haven’t had anyone (positive) yet. It’s a difficult time for everybody.’

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