Wayne Rooney ‘could miss the next four Derby County games as he isolates himself for 14 days


Wayne Rooney will have to isolate for 14 days after coming into contact with a friend infected with Covid who visited his home and later tested positive.

Rooney, the Derby County player coach, has undergone a coronavirus test himself with the result expected on Monday.

But whatever the outcome, he has ordered his club to stay home for 14 days, under the rules of the English Football League (EFL).

Rooney found himself at the center of a coronavirus crisis after his friend, Josh Bardsley, who had been approached by Test and Trace and later tested positive for Covid-19, visited him on Thursday to give him a watch.

Sources close to Derby County told MailOnline: “Wayne is furious and so is the club.

Wayne Rooney will have to isolate for 14 days after coming into contact with Covid-infected friend Josh Bardsley who visited his home and later tested positive. In the picture: Rooney was shown showing off a watch that Bardsley had supplied him

Derby County player-coach Rooney now misses the next four games and also two weeks of training with the rest of the squad

“Bardsely has been very stupid and it has had a huge, negative impact on Wayne because it means he needs to isolate himself now and could possibly even have coronavirus.”

“He is furious and disappointed that he and his family have been placed in this position because of one person’s reckless actions.”

Rooney’s self-isolation means he will miss four games, will not be able to train with the rest of the squad and will not be able to perform his coaching duties.

Rooney’s friend Bardsley, 27, entered his multimillion-pound mansion to get him a luxury watch last Thursday, according to The sun.

This is despite the fact that Test and Trace had contacted him in the days before.

The imposed isolation period also means that wife Coleen cannot take her children on vacation during their break.

Bardsley, pictured above with Rooney’s wife Coleen, went to Roooney’s house, even though he had been contacted by Test and Trace in the days before. He has since tested positive for Covid-19, raising concerns that Rooney may have been infected

In a statement to the Sun, Rooney, 34, said his health, as well as that of his family and teammates, had been endangered by someone acting in violation of government guidelines.

His spokesman said: ‘Wayne met Josh Bardsley briefly when he visited Wayne’s house on Thursday.

Wayne was not told by Josh or anyone else before or during that visit that Josh had been told to take a coronavirus test.

Had he known that Josh had been approached by Track and Trace or tested positive, he would have refused to see him.

Wayne is angry and disappointed that he, his family and his club have been placed in this position by someone who is acting in secret and in violation of government and NHS guidelines. He is now doing a coronavirus test following his contact with Josh. ‘

In accordance with government guidelines, people must isolate themselves for 14 days when contacting Test and Trace.

The former England star, unaware of Bardsley’s positive test at the time, went on to play for Derby in Friday night’s defeat to Watford.

Josh Bardsley entered Rooney’s house to deliver a watch, despite Test and Trace contacting him

Both Watford and Derby players may now need to undergo another coronavirus test

The Derby star played on Friday before not knowing he might have been exposed to Covid

Derby and Watford players will now also likely have to undergo a coronavirus test following Rooney’s Covid scare.

The full statement from Wayne Rooney’s management

Wayne met Josh Bardsley briefly when he visited Wayne’s home on Thursday.

Wayne was not told by Josh or anyone else before or during that visit that Josh had been told to take a coronavirus test.

It was only today after media reports and his own investigation that Wayne became aware that Josh had been contacted by Test and Trace before the visit and should not have come to his house.

Wayne also found out today that Josh had subsequently tested positive for Covid-19.

Had he known that Josh had been approached by Track and Trace or tested positive, he would have refused to have seen him.

Likewise, if he had known that he had been in contact with someone suspected of having the virus, he would have told his clubs immediately, as the rules require.

Wayne is angry and disappointed that he, his family and his club have been placed in this position by someone who is acting in secret and in violation of government and NHS guidelines.

“He is now doing a coronavirus test following his contact with Josh.”

The championship club released a statement on Sunday in the early hours of the day, which read: club operates under.

The club will continue to adhere to COVID-19 rules and protocols to ensure the safest possible environment is provided to its players and staff.

The club will not comment further unless a further update is needed regarding this matter.

MailOnline have reached out to Bardsley for comment.

The ex-Manchester United forward posed for photos with his new watch on Bardsley’s business Instagram account Avant Garde Global.

Bardsley wrote, ‘Level Up … What a pleasure! Manchester United’s all-time top goalscorer. England’s best goalscorer of all time. Thanks for the company and have fun. ‘

Rooney replied, “Nice guys.”

Rooney has to wait to see the result of his test, but could now be a big doubt for Derby’s next four games against Huddersfield, Nottingham Forest, Cardiff and Bournemouth.

In March, Rooney said the government and football authorities were treating players as “ guinea pigs ” by initially allowing games to go ahead as the coronavirus outbreak accelerated.

In fact, he said he would consider retiring if his wife or children fell ill because he contracted the virus from continuing to play football.

However, in April, Rooney was told by police after he was seen walking with Manchester City defender and neighbor Kyle Walker, despite the coronavirus blockade.

Cheshire’s neighbors both walked Prestbury golf course with their families – they broke the rules of going out with your own household only.

Rooney’s former teammate Cristiano Ronaldo was also recently forced into self-isolation after testing positive for Covid-19.

Ex-English star David Beckham also contracted the virus after a trip to the US.

Derby confirmed they are aware of the situation in a statement in the early hours of Sunday

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