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Author Topic: How much will Coronavirus (COVID-19) impact Aston Villa's season?  (Read 396141 times)

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Re: How much will Coronavirus (COVID-19) impact Aston Villa's season?
« Reply #5670 on: January 18, 2021, 05:40:14 PM »
16 new positive tests in the Premier league after this weeks round of testing.

What's Grealish been up to now?

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Re: How much will Coronavirus (COVID-19) impact Aston Villa's season?
« Reply #5671 on: January 18, 2021, 05:44:20 PM »
Beat me to it!

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Re: How much will Coronavirus (COVID-19) impact Aston Villa's season?
« Reply #5672 on: January 18, 2021, 07:47:07 PM »
16 new positive tests in the Premier league after this weeks round of testing.

What's Grealish been up to now?

He hasn't scored a goal in January, I think we should be cashing in.

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Re: How much will Coronavirus (COVID-19) impact Aston Villa's season?
« Reply #5673 on: January 19, 2021, 08:31:07 AM »
Well according to Nursey (I know) he isn’t one of the ones who tested positive and spent all day Sunday at BMH.  So he’s not the super spreader due to a night out that took place over a month ago.

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Re: How much will Coronavirus (COVID-19) impact Aston Villa's season?
« Reply #5674 on: January 19, 2021, 09:22:15 AM »
Neil Lennon throws some shade after the criticism of Celtic's Covid-contagion upon returning from warm weather training in Dubai (would Scunthorpe not have sufficed? Compared to Glasgow's climate anyway...):

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We've been held to a far higher standard than any other club," Lennon said.

"Protocols at different clubs are inconsistent. As soon as Celtic are deemed to do something wrong, bang, you're all wanting blood, it's absolutely scandalous. The fallout from this has been way too much.

"Aston Villa have shut down, Raith Rovers. They haven't travelled anywhere. We could easily have stayed here and had an outbreak, but because our protocols are so good, we've been able to quell that."

"My apology is to the fans because 13 players and three staff had to isolate for 10 days, which is ludicrous," said Lennon, who will return to the dugout when Celtic face hosts Livingston on Wednesday.

"I'm not apologising for anything else. I'm not apologising for going out there and training for a week. Hindsight's a wonderful thing. We did everything we possibly could to avoid the damage.

"The whole squad is negative bar two players. I think that is remarkable and I think it totally blows out of the water the way the training camp has been portrayed by certain quarters of the media, by certain pundits and by certain government officials as well.

"We did not abuse any privilege, we did the right things. We were absolutely totally professional. We had a little drink in the afternoon on a day off, completely allowed, no law breaking - yet we come back to this barrage of absolute hypocrisy.

"We've come back, we've been absolutely decimated by these rules. It seems political."
The fact that he can not see why they are being criticised speaks Volumes.

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Re: How much will Coronavirus (COVID-19) impact Aston Villa's season?
« Reply #5675 on: January 19, 2021, 11:13:53 AM »
Pics today showing them back in training.

Missing from the pics - Luiz, Targett and El Ghaz by the looks of things.

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Re: How much will Coronavirus (COVID-19) impact Aston Villa's season?
« Reply #5676 on: January 19, 2021, 11:29:18 AM »
Targett, Luiz and Mings are all pictured on multiple photos.

The lesser spotted Barkely is also present.

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Re: How much will Coronavirus (COVID-19) impact Aston Villa's season?
« Reply #5677 on: January 19, 2021, 11:42:30 AM »
Targett, Luiz and Mings are all pictured on multiple photos.

The lesser spotted Barkely is also present.

Spotted Mings, not the other 2. Is that on the official FB page.

Sorry just seen the gallery on the official site.
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Re: How much will Coronavirus (COVID-19) impact Aston Villa's season?
« Reply #5678 on: January 19, 2021, 11:44:12 AM »
Targett, Luiz and Mings are all pictured on multiple photos.

The lesser spotted Barkely is also present.

Spotted Mings, not the other 2. Is that on the official FB page.

I saw them on AVFC Twitter officially page. Those four names I've mentioned are on multiple pics.

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Re: How much will Coronavirus (COVID-19) impact Aston Villa's season?
« Reply #5679 on: January 19, 2021, 03:31:51 PM »
El Ghazi is in at least one photo on the site too.

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Re: How much will Coronavirus (COVID-19) impact Aston Villa's season?
« Reply #5680 on: January 19, 2021, 06:59:22 PM »
Anyone seen Hause yet? Think he's the only one other than Trez that I haven't seen in pictures from Bodymoor. Good to see Wes in and amongst it too.

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Re: How much will Coronavirus (COVID-19) impact Aston Villa's season?
« Reply #5681 on: January 20, 2021, 08:57:21 AM »
Anyone seen Hause yet? Think he's the only one other than Trez that I haven't seen in pictures from Bodymoor. Good to see Wes in and amongst it too.

Yes, Hause was in them too.

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Re: How much will Coronavirus (COVID-19) impact Aston Villa's season?
« Reply #5682 on: January 20, 2021, 09:09:50 AM »
Interview here with Dean Smith re CV-19.

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Re: How much will Coronavirus (COVID-19) impact Aston Villa's season?
« Reply #5683 on: January 20, 2021, 09:11:37 AM »
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Dean Smith has described the “very scary” scale of the Covid-19 outbreak that forced Aston Villa’s entire squad into isolation this month but says he is in favour of continuing the season.
Nine Villa players and five backroom staff members tested positive as the virus swept through the club, leading to illness and anxiety as well as the closure of the training ground, the postponement of two Premier League matches and the deployment of youth players to fulfil the FA Cup tie against Liverpool.
“It was very scary,” Smith said. “We produced total negative tests on New Year’s Eve and then played Manchester United. We got tested again on 3 January and there were nine positive tests. That raised an alarm straight away and we got tested the following day and then we got another five positive tests after that.
“It was a little bit worrying because nobody knows how and we also know then our bubble has been compromised. We don’t know how as we followed the protocols. It was a scary time because you didn’t really want to touch anything because you didn’t know how it was being transmitted.

“[It was] really frightening. Every time we got tested it seemed somebody else was getting it. A lot of the players and staff were asymptomatic but some symptoms crept up on people. I told one of the players that he’d had a positive test and he felt fine and said: ‘No chance, I’m in a good place.’ Two days later when I spoke to him he was lying in bed with aches and pains.

“How quickly it was getting transmitted was the biggest surprise. You do worry. But we have come through the other side of it now and I am thankful for the quick work of the doctor and the other medical staff who have helped us.”
The Premier League issued tighter restrictions to all clubs last week in an effort to prevent further outbreaks, a move welcomed by Smith. “The stronger protocols needed to come in, definitely, I think that has been proven. The new variant transmits a lot quicker and we saw that for ourselves first hand.”

Smith supports pressing on with the season rather than suspending it. “We knew there were going to be changes to fixtures and we were going into uncharted territory. We knew it was going to be unknown and we would have to react to changes.
“We are in a very privileged position in that we are allowed to continue. I have had to bear 10 days of self-isolation and it was not a problem, knowing there are a lot of people who have not been out of their house since last March. We understand the position we are in. It is a football country and people want to see their teams playing games. If we can keep that show on the road, I think we should do.”

Villa return to action on Wednesday at Manchester City, the first of four matches in 10 days as they work through their fixture backlog. Smith says only one of the players who tested positive this month is definitely unavailable for the match, with the fitness of others to be monitored closely.

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Re: How much will Coronavirus (COVID-19) impact Aston Villa's season?
« Reply #5684 on: January 20, 2021, 09:42:25 AM »
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Dean Smith has described the “very scary” scale of the Covid-19 outbreak that forced Aston Villa’s entire squad into isolation this month but says he is in favour of continuing the season.
Nine Villa players and five backroom staff members tested positive as the virus swept through the club, leading to illness and anxiety as well as the closure of the training ground, the postponement of two Premier League matches and the deployment of youth players to fulfil the FA Cup tie against Liverpool.
“It was very scary,” Smith said. “We produced total negative tests on New Year’s Eve and then played Manchester United. We got tested again on 3 January and there were nine positive tests. That raised an alarm straight away and we got tested the following day and then we got another five positive tests after that.
“It was a little bit worrying because nobody knows how and we also know then our bubble has been compromised. We don’t know how as we followed the protocols. It was a scary time because you didn’t really want to touch anything because you didn’t know how it was being transmitted.

“[It was] really frightening. Every time we got tested it seemed somebody else was getting it. A lot of the players and staff were asymptomatic but some symptoms crept up on people. I told one of the players that he’d had a positive test and he felt fine and said: ‘No chance, I’m in a good place.’ Two days later when I spoke to him he was lying in bed with aches and pains.

“How quickly it was getting transmitted was the biggest surprise. You do worry. But we have come through the other side of it now and I am thankful for the quick work of the doctor and the other medical staff who have helped us.”
The Premier League issued tighter restrictions to all clubs last week in an effort to prevent further outbreaks, a move welcomed by Smith. “The stronger protocols needed to come in, definitely, I think that has been proven. The new variant transmits a lot quicker and we saw that for ourselves first hand.”

Smith supports pressing on with the season rather than suspending it. “We knew there were going to be changes to fixtures and we were going into uncharted territory. We knew it was going to be unknown and we would have to react to changes.
“We are in a very privileged position in that we are allowed to continue. I have had to bear 10 days of self-isolation and it was not a problem, knowing there are a lot of people who have not been out of their house since last March. We understand the position we are in. It is a football country and people want to see their teams playing games. If we can keep that show on the road, I think we should do.”

Villa return to action on Wednesday at Manchester City, the first of four matches in 10 days as they work through their fixture backlog. Smith says only one of the players who tested positive this month is definitely unavailable for the match, with the fitness of others to be monitored closely.

Classy bloke

 


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