Wayne Rooney tests negative for Covid-19 but will still have to self isolate

19 October 2020, 15:04

Wayne Rooney has tested negative for Covid-19
Wayne Rooney has tested negative for Covid-19. Picture: PA

By Maddie Goodfellow

Wayne Rooney has returned a negative coronavirus test, but is "angry and disappointed" that he will miss out on the next few Derby matches due to self-isolation.

The former England captain - now player-coach at Derby - was visited by a friend who had been instructed to be tested for Covid-19 and was later found to have the disease.

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In a statement on Twitter, Rooney said: "Just received the news that my covid-19 test has shown I do not have the virus.

"Delighted for myself and family but obviously angry and disappointed that I now have to self-isolate and miss vital games for @dcfcofficial."

At his pre-match press conference ahead of the trip to Huddersfield, Derby boss Phillip Cocu said: "It's a setback when he's not available for at least the next three games when we have players coming back from injury.

"His fitness levels were getting back to a good level and he was improving the team."

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The Sun newspaper had reported on Sunday that the 34-year-old was angry after infected entrepreneur Josh Bardsley visited him at his luxury mansion on Thursday to give him a watch, having been already contacted by Test and Trace personnel and should have been self-isolating.

Bardsley, 21, later returned a positive test.

Rooney was unaware of any Covid-related concerns connected with Bardsley and played in Derby's 1-0 home loss to Watford a day after the visit on Friday evening.

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