Sheffield Wednesday dealt major COVID-19 blow ahead of Watford clash – Darren Moore tests positive

Sheffield Wednesday will not have their manager present for the trip to Watford after he tested positive for COVID-19.

By Joe Crann
Friday, 2nd April 2021, 2:04 pm

Darren Moore was talking to the media on Thursday morning ahead of their visit to Vicarage Road, and spoke of how they were hoping to build on the impressive victory over Barnsley that they achieved ahead of the international break.

But now it’s been confirmed that if they are to do that, then it will be without their manager present, with Moore not having travelled with the side following a positive Coronavirus test.

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There are no indications that anybody else has tested positive at this time, which will be good news for the club given the fact that they can’t really afford to rearrange any more of their matches.

The club tweeted from their official account after naming the XI, saying, “Darren Moore will be absent from the dugout this afternoon having returned a positive COVID-19 test result.

“Assistant manager Jamie Smith will lead the Owls at Vicarage Road. Speedy recovery, gaffer!”

Wednesday had a COVID breakout earlier in the season that led to a couple of games being rearranged due to them not having enough players available to compete.

Sheffield Wednesday manager Darren Moore watches over proceedings at Middlewood Road.

As mentioned by the club, Moore’s positive test will see his assistant, Jamie Smith, take over for the game against the Hornets, and the former Crystal Palace player will incredibly become the sixth person to oversee an Owls game this season after Garry Monk, Tony Pulis, Neil Thompson, Andy Holdsworth and the current manager.

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