Sheffield Wednesday’s Sam Winnall says he has tested positive for coronavirus
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Posting on social media, the former Barnsley man confirmed he has the coronavirus after taking a test ‘out of curiosity’.
Winnall, 29, posted on Instagram: “I know most of you will be sick of hearing this but I urge everyone who reads this to stay at home.
“I had no symptoms, no problems and no indications I had the virus. But after doing a test out of curiosity, I tested positive for Covis-19.
“This virus is invisible, anyone can have it. Thankfully, I am fine and not suffering. But that isn’t the case for everybody.
“Please stay home, don’t be selfish and respect other people’s health.”
Wednesday players and staff have been in self-isolation after they stopped training over two weeks ago – on March 20. The Star understands that up until now no Wednesday figure had reported symptoms or tested positive for the illness.
Last week Owls boss Garry Monk released a statement to the club’s supporters describing the coronavirus crisis as a ‘war with an invisible enemy’.
“We were very well prepared with the input of Tony Strudwick and the club doctor, Richard Higgins,” Monk told swfc.co.uk, before admitting an imminent return to football is unlikely.
“I think we are all in agreement that we would like to finish this season properly but as with a lot of things right now it is still unclear how and when that will be possible. So we will have to wait until the governing authorities give us all the clarity.
“I am in touch every day with officials from the club on various matters but as I write, there is no likelihood of coming back on the near horizon.
“As much as we all miss it, it is absolutely right that we cannot even begin to think about resuming normal training and playing again until the threat to health has gone.”
Winnall is likely to leave the club in the summer at the end of his current contract. He has not featured for Wednesday’s first team in the league since defeat at Wigan in January.