Jesse Lingard has tested positive for COVID-19, the club have today confirmed.
Manchester United are edging ever closer to their season starting. In fact, the action kicks off in just one weeks’ time from now.
Ahead of that game United have been dealt some unfortunate news, with first-teamer Jesse Lingard testing positive for COVID-19. In an official statement, it has been confirmed the Warrington-born-winger is now self-isolating ahead of our Premier League opener against Leeds United.
For Lingard, this is a pretty major blow to his hopes. After looking pretty sharp in pre-season, he’d have been hoping to force his way into the starting line-up for the aforementioned Leeds game.
Sadly, those hopes are likely to have ended, with Lingard now undergoing a period of isolation, presumably for the normal seven day period – meaning he’ll be unavailable for selection.
It has been a weird year for Lingard. He was outstanding during a loan spell at West Ham United, though you struggle to see how United are going to keep him happy in terms of handing him starts now that he’s back at Old Trafford.
I still firmly believe the best move for Lingard is a permanent switch away from United. However, this latest news won’t help him out in that regard either – as he’s now unable to train with the rest of the squad, coupled with the fact that time is winding down in the transfer window.
For Lingard, it’s now about keeping both mentally and physically strong while working from his own home. Obviously, that’s easier said than done, but we’re talking about the consummate professional here – so I’m sure he’ll be alright.
Get well soon, Jesse!
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