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West Ham assistant Alan Irvine admits concern over coronavirus testing with labs ‘stretched to the limit’

West Ham assistant Alan Irvine says there is a growing concern over coronavirus test results taking longer to be returned to the clubs with laboratories “stretched to the limit”.

Hammers boss David Moyes, as well as players Josh Cullen and Issa Diop, had to be sent home from the London Stadium on Tuesday just over an hour before kick-off having arrived unaware that they had tested positive.

With testing not mandatory in EFL games (Premier League players and staff must be tested at least two days before any game), clubs have been left in the precarious position of having to travel to games without confirmed results.

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“Yes, we could find ourselves in a situation where we will be tested on Monday and we have got the game against Everton on Wednesday so we could be travelling to Everton not knowing the test results.

“The situation at the moment is that we have got no choice. That is what we are going to have to do, and what we will do, until somebody tells us something different is happening.”

The Premier League and individual clubs introduced very strict protocols when players returned for Project Restart following lockdown, restrictions which remain in place for the new season.

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