Sheffield Wednesday latest: New information on EFL training recommendation as club confirm total lockdown

Sheffield Wednesday have released a statement advising that all club buildings have been officially shut down as their handling of the coronavirus crisis reaches its next stage.

Tuesday, 24th March 2020, 2:46 pm
Updated Tuesday, 24th March 2020, 4:26 pm

The Star reported last week that the club’s Middlewood Road training ground and their Hillsborough Stadium had effectively been placed in lockdown from Friday, with players, and both football and non-football staff working from home. Admission to either site was on a strict ‘essential visit only’ basis.

But that ruling has now been officially extended to the Owls Megastore and the club store at Meadowhall after a change in advice from Boris Johnson’s Government yesterday evening.

Last week the EFL sent a ‘recommendation’ out to all clubs advising them to cease training. Wednesday had trained up until Thursday and had taken the decision to send players home.

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It is now understood that this recommendation requests clubs do not train until April 3 at the very earliest, though this is of course subject to change. All professional matches in England have been suspended until April 30.

Wednesday players have been given bespoke training regimes and several, including Fernando Forestieri, have posted updates on social media going about their required tasks.

The club statement read: “Supporters are advised that following the latest government statement on Monday evening, the club is now completely closed.

“This includes the Owls Megastore and Ticket Office, our Meadowhall store, main stadium and training facility at Middlewood Road.

SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND - AUGUST 11: General view of Hillsborough Stadium prior to the Sky Bet Championship between Sheffield Wednesday and Hull City at Hillsborough Stadium on August 11, 2018 in Sheffield, England. (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)

“All staff are working from home where possible to facilitate the internal operation of the club on a day to day basis.”