Manchester United's squad have had a Covid scare – with coach Michael Carrick forced to self-isolate.
The former United and England star, now a key part of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's backroom team, was forced to leave the club's bio-bubble at Christmas.
It's believed Carrick was been absent for the Old Trafford victories against Wolves and Aston Villa as he took precautions with a family member thought to have contracted the virus.
Carrick, who is not believed to have caught the virus himself, was back at the club for the midweek Carabao Cup semi-final defeat against Manchester City.
A United spokesperson confirmed: “Michael wasn't with us for a while but he's back now.”
So far, while Premier League rivals City, Aston Villa and Newcaslt have had to close their training grounds to contain Covid outbreaks United have had minimal disruption with their training HQ a strictly controlled area.
Only a limited number of staff are allowed at the AON training complex and deep cleaning is regularly carried out.
Currently United are handling only one Covid case after Uruguayan teenager Facundo Pellistri, an U-23 squad player who joined in the summer, tested positive.
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Says Solskjaer: “I personally feel safe within our bubble. We've taken all the steps we've had to following protocols and guidelines, and the players have been following as well as they can.
'What's happening outside at different clubs and in society is frightening, and we have a responsibility and duty to stay clear and keep within the bubbles."
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