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FRiendly match put off: “Michael O’Neill has tested positive for the Covid-19 virus”_Femi Ehiabhi

Stoke City were forced to scrap a friendly against Manchester United at the last minute after learning that manager Michael O’Neill had tested positive for coronavirus.

A planned friendly match between Stoke and Manchester United which was to take place at the Carrington training base was dramatically cancelled at the last minute on Tuesday after they received the news.

It’s understood that O’Neill, 50, was tested for the sixth time on Monday and his positive result came back from the EFL after the Stoke squad arrived at Carrington for the friendly match.

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.’

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