Conor McKenna’s COVID-19 diagnosis should not stop Essendon-Carlton AFL clash, Blues head of football Brad Lloyd says

Carlton is pushing for Saturday night’s clash with Essendon to go forward, as the AFL nervously awaits the results of additional COVID-19 tests nowadays.

The Bombers’ entire checklist will be examined at Marvel Stadium immediately after defender Conor McKenna returned a optimistic result above the weekend.

There are fears the Bombers could get rid of their total backline as wellness authorities edge closer to a willpower on who was in “close contact” with McKenna.

Victorian Main Wellbeing Officer Brett Sutton stated those who have been will be forced to quarantine for 14 days.

Essendon’s spherical a few match from Melbourne was postponed indefinitely, triggering a fixture headache for the AFL, but Carlton’s head of soccer Brad Lloyd mentioned the Blues would get ready as regular for this week’s clash.

The Bombers and Carlton are established to play on Saturday night time at the MCG.(AAP: Julian Smith)

“We are going to minimise any of that distraction,” Lloyd advised radio station RSN.

“We have truly prepared for this as an industry 16-moment quarters, teaching in teams of 8, that’s all in preparation for if these moments happen.

The AFL on Sunday verified Essendon would be obliged to enjoy underneath league guidelines that point out games will commence delivering teams have 25 in shape gamers — ample for a match working day group and emergencies.

“Which is been our knowing,” Lloyd said.

“These (instruction) groups of eight is to minimise the selection of players uncovered so if you do have another person appear up with COVID, it does not consider out your complete enjoying list.”

A beanie-wearing AFL footballer sits on the ground at training with his hands touching his feet.
Conor McKenna did not engage in in either of the Bombers’ first two game titles of the year.(AAP: Michael Dodge)

Essendon players have been in isolation since Saturday and people compelled to provide the 14 times in quarantine will do so until eventually July 4.

The AFL is reportedly considering pushing again the Essendon-Collingwood clash from July 3 to enable time for these players to return.

The full Bombers backline took component in an indoor weights session with McKenna on Friday immediately after a comprehensive-contact session with the complete listing.

Gamers who examination unfavorable on Monday could nonetheless be quarantined if they are dominated to have occur into close get in touch with with McKenna.

AFL legal counsel Andrew Dillon hopes a determination will be arrived at imminently.

“There is a definition for near make contact with and it is really if you are encounter-to-encounter for much more than 15 minutes or confined place for much more than two several hours,” Dillon instructed 3AW on Sunday.

“What we are executing with Essendon and performing with the section on is stating how does that definition apply in an Essendon training circumstance.”


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