West Ham manager David Moyes has revealed that the club will close their training ground for a four-day deep clean after defender Ryan Fredericks tested positive for Covid-19.
Moyes, who has suffered with the virus himself, said the club — now three points off fourth place — were voluntarily vacating their Chadwell Heath base.
The former Everton boss said: ‘The only reason is so we can get another clean and keep people out. We’ve not been told to do that and it is not because of the one Covid player we have got.
West Ham’s Ryan Fredericks has been forced to self-isolate in line with Covid-19 protocols
The club are therefore voluntarily vacating their Chadwell Heath base for the next four days
‘It’s mainly because we want to give the players a break and we are trying to do everything we can. We want everyone to take responsibility. The players have played three games in six days. Great credit to them and the way they went about it.’
Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti deflected questions about the club’s attempts to sign Juventus midfielder Sami Khedira, as revealed by Sportsmail, saying: ‘The only truth is the market is open.
‘We are not talking about this because we are focused to recover the players who are not available at this moment. The performance was not at the top. Compared to the last game we had more of the ball but we were not able to manage it with intensity, speed and quality in the final third.’
Moyes said that, despite the Covid diagnosis, Fredericks was ‘fine’. He added: ‘He had a positive test so we have just got on with it.’ Lukasz Fabianski missed out because he ‘felt his thigh a bit in the warm-up’.
Moyes, who has suffered with the virus himself, said that Fredericks is fine after the result
Lukasz Fabianski missed out at Everton because he ‘felt his thigh a bit in the warm-up’
Match-winner Tomas Soucek said: ‘It’s hard playing at Christmas for the first time. Normally I have three weeks off and I eat potato salad in the Czech Republic.’
Moyes returns to his former club with the Toffees in with a chance of moving second by the end of Friday if they better Manchester United’s result against Aston Villa.
West Ham have also had to make a late change to the starting line-up with Lukasz Fabianski pulling up injured in the warm-up.
The Pole has been replaced by Darren Randolph as third-choice goalkeeper David Martin moves onto the substitutes’ bench.
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