Norwich’s nervous wait for last-minute Covid results that’ll impact Man Utd game

Norwich City are anxiously waiting for Covid test results to come back in the build-up to their Premier League match against Manchester United today.

The Canaries are due to host United at Carrow Road in Saturday’s 5.30pm kick-off in the Premier League.

Ralf Rangnick’s side travelled to Norwich on Friday for the match against the league’s bottom side.

However, the game could yet be placed in some doubt due to Covid, with Norwich manager Dean Smith admitting in his pre-match press conference that members of his squad could have the virus.

“We have got a couple of knocks and have got a couple of Covid-related issues that we are waiting on results for this morning,” Smith said on Friday.

“I can't really let you in on any names, but there's a couple of players whom we are worried about, so we have tested and we will wait for the PCR results back on them.

“[They are] just feeling a little bit unwell, not likely to be linked to the game last week with Tottenham.

“It is just in general, I think [like] with the whole nation, [we are] holding our breaths at the moment.”

Norwich’s last game was against Tottenham on Sunday and events at Spurs over the past few days have sparked concerns for the Canaries.

Since their 3-0 win over Norwich in north London, Spurs have been hit hard by Covid.

The club were forced to postpone Thursday's Europa Conference League game with Rennes and Sunday's Premier League game at Brighton following 13 positive Covid cases among the club's players and staff.

The cases at Spurs have prompted the Premier League to get involved and warn clubs to heighten the measures to try and stop the spread of Covid, which is on the rise due to the Omicron variant.

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Premier League chiefs wrote to all 20 clubs on Thursday evening and ordered them to re-impose emergency Covid measures.

"They are similar regulations to what we have had previously, so there won't be too much newness about it from what the lads were doing before," Smith said.

"The protocols are there for a reason. If we are following them, then there shouldn't be too many worries about a spread."

Tottenham are not the only club to have been impacted by the virus, with Leicester missing players for their 3-2 defeat by Napoli in the Europa League on Thursday.

Manchester United will be hoping Saturday’s late kick-off still goes ahead, with Rangnick keen to get another win under his belt following last weekend’s 1-0 victory against Crystal Palace.

The interim manager rested several players for Wednesday’s 1-1 draw against Young Boys in the Champions League, with the match used to take a look at fringe players and youngsters.

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