Hull FC players have reported to training today for their first round of testing by the club since the start of the week.
The news broke on Tuesday that eight members of the FC set-up, including six players had returned positive coronavirus tests at the start of the week following the club’s clash with Salford Red Devils.
As such, players, coaches and club staff will undergo a series of tests over the next few days as the Black and Whites continue to assess the full extent of the infection.
Following the news, it is understood players and staff were asked to book a test at the regional testing centre situated in the Humber Bridge car park on Wednesday. The results of those tests are currently unknown.
However, the club are also holding their own tests today at the club’s training ground. Everyone involved in the FC set-up has been asked to report to the club base, where they will be tested without leaving their car.
They have then been instructed to return home to continue their self-isolation until told otherwise, with the results expected to be returned over the weekend.
It is thought another round of tests will be carried out by the club early next week.
Those that have received a positive result through, will be asked to quarantine themselves for a minimum of 10 days.
According to advice from the NHS, if they haven’t shown symptoms for 48 hours they will be allowed to leave the house upon completion of the 10 day period. Should symptoms remain, they will need to remain in isolation until they are clear of them.
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Those that have received a negative test have still been told to isolate and according to NHS guidance once more, it is advised those players isolate for 14 days.
As such, it seems highly unlikely at this stage that the club will be able to resume training before the Challenge Cup clash with Castleford Tigers which is scheduled to take place on August 22.
Conformation from the RFL on Hull's Cup tie with the Tigers is expected early next week.