Charlton squad impacted by Covid rise
Nigel Adkins, several members of staff and players were each impacted by Covid last week meaning they had top self-isolate away front the rest of the squad and missed the pre-season run-out at Dartford.
Cases in the UK are surging as it fully opens tomorrow with the Delta variant spreading across Europe and countries arguing over who and who cannot enter.
Nigel Adkins is double vaccinated and asymptomatic, but Alex Gilbey has not been so lucky.
It does ask the question, if he and all of the other players have been double jabbed. Most of them are too young to already have had both jabs, but one would think that their continual close contact with others would have meant they’d been offered vaccines early.
It is not known if other players and staff have tested positive or are isolated due to being contact-traced.
Once again yesterday’s line up had no Ryan Inniss included, who like Gilbey has missed all three of the pre-season friendlies thus far. It is fair to wonder if the big center-half also has Covid. Craig MacGillivray and Ben Watson were also absent yesterday as was Ronnie Schwartz, who may or may not be in the country.
I make it we are down net 10 players on what finished last season. Yesterday’s starting XI screamed lack of quality and depth with Nathan Harness, James Vennings and Deji Elerewe all starting with an array of other youngsters on the bench.
I make this a big week for Nigel in the transfer market, all of which will probably have to be done from the sanctuary of his back garden.