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Jackett: We're Just Part Of The Bigger Picture

Boss discusses how Pompey are dealing with coronavirus pandemic

23 March 2020

Kenny Jackett
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Kenny Jackett says that Pompey’s squad are in good spirits, despite the coronavirus pandemic shutting down the football season.

Training and matches have been halted around the world to help limit the spread of Covid-19, with four members of the squad having tested positive.

James Bolton, Andy Cannon, Haji Mnoga and Sean Raggett are currently self-isolating in accordance with government guidelines.

But Jackett revealed that the quartet are doing well and nobody else at the club has displayed any symptoms.

The Blues boss said: “I spoke to the four players this morning and none of them were feeling particularly unwell.

“We’re in regular contact with the whole squad to see if anyone has any symptoms and doing our best to support them through these unprecedented times.

"“I spoke to the four players this morning and none of them were feeling particularly unwell."

Kenny Jackett

“Every situation is different and people are obviously worried about their family members and friends as well, but they all seem to be dong well.

“There doesn’t appear to be any rhyme or reason as to who gets the virus and we’re simply part of the bigger picture.

“We’ve given the players individual training programmes, which are geared towards keeping them as fit as possible.”

Football has been suspended until April 30 at the earliest, but Jackett does not know when games are likely to resume.

He said: “We're not aware of anything different to what we see on the television. There’s no more information and it’s just a case of watching and waiting.

“I’ve also been speaking to lots of others managers to see what they’re doing with players and how they’re dealing with the situation.

“But people’s health is obviously the most important factor – the world has closed down and there’s a good reason for that.

“We all have to be diligent and follow the instructions we’re given. Everyone in the community has to make sure they do what’s being advised.”

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