HARROGATE TOWN have had their next three fixtures postponed after a Covid outbreak in their squad.
The Yorkshire side’s EFL campaign has been thrown into chaos after just one League Two game and they may also have to forfeit their place in the Carabao Cup.
Harrogate Town have had their next three fixtures postponedCredit: Rex
Town’s League Cup first round tie at home to Rochdale on Monday night is the first to suffer.
And their trips to Crawley and Leyton Orient in League Two – on August 14 and 17 respectively – will have to be rearranged.
“It means a number of individuals are unable to play or train due to either a positive test or the requirement to self-isolate in line with Government and EFL guidance.
“Following discussions with the club, the league has agreed to Harrogate’s request to rearrange the league fixtures with all parties now to mutually find alternative dates which will confirmed in due course.
“In respect of rescheduling the Carabao Cup game, the league will consider any proposal put forward by the club.
“Under the rules, if a fixture is not able to be re-arranged ahead of the following round, then a club would have to forfeit the tie.”
Town beat Rochdale 3-2 at home in their League Two opener on Saturday thanks to Warren Burrell’s 91st minute winner.
And Harrogate boss Simon Weaver said the disturbance to their season is a ‘real shame’.
He said: “The main concern is the health and wellbeing of our players and staff. We are of course disappointed, but this is unfortunately beyond our control.
“We had just come off the back of a really good last minute win and all the momentum that brings, so it’s a real shame.
“The Carabao Cup is an important competition for us.
The Yorkshire side have had some positive Covid cases in their squadCredit: Rex
“As we showed last year you are one win away from a potential televised fixture against a Premier League opponent at this stage.
“The squad will have a Zoom call tomorrow with fitness coach Darren Simpson with home training programmes provided for those in self-isolation.
“We proved we could do this during lockdown before, so will have to do the same again over the next ten days.”
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