St Mirren vs Motherwell postponed after coronavirus cases

St Mirren’s Scottish Premiership match against Motherwell on Saturday has been postponed after a third first-team player at the club tested positive for coronavirus.

Two players had already contracted the virus earlier this week with a third forced into precautionary self-isolation.

St Mirren said they were unable to fulfil the fixture at the Simple Digital Arena as the latest test result meant a number of other squad members would have to go into self-isolation.

“St Mirren FC can confirm that a further first-team player has returned a positive COVID-19 test and is now self-isolating,” said a club statement.

“In line with Public Health and Scottish Government guidelines, a number of additional players are now required to self-isolate.”

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A Motherwell club statement said: “St Mirren have told the league that, due to a number of positive tests for Covid-19 amongst their playing squad and coaching staff, they have only 12 registered fit players, including four goalkeepers, available for the match.”

Jim Goodwin’s side were forced to play against Hibernian and Celtic without three first-team goalkeepers earlier this season following two positive tests, which led to the Paisley club bringing in Hearts’ Zdenek Zlamal on an emergency loan deal.

St Mirren chief executive Tony Fitzpatrick added: “It is very disappointing that we are faced with this situation despite the numerous precautions and safeguards that are in place within the club.

“As a result we regret this has caused our game against Motherwell to be postponed.

“This is hugely frustrating for our fans, the players and staff, and for everyone connected with the club. We will be working with the SPFL and relevant health authorities on this matter and will provide an appropriate update when more information is available.

“This once again underlines the absolute necessity of maintaining vigilance to ensure that players, officials and their families minimise the risk of infection to keep everyone safe.”

St Mirren sit 11th, level on points with bottom club St Johnstone, in the Scottish Premiership after their opening 10 games.

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