What does this mean?
A positive test result would have ruled either one of them out of the biggest game in the club’s history with Spurs on Sunday.
The nineteen players are part-time and many of them were at work this week. This increased the possibility of complications.
How has the club reacted?
Young said: “I’m relieved. There were a lot of nerves. All of the lads are made up. It’s some going across Christmas and two rounds of COVID-19 tests to come up as clean as this. I’m very proud of the players determination.”
The news arrives after the club passed 10,000 online ticket sales, generating around £125,000 in much-needed revenues. Some of this money will boost Marine’s community initiative.
How have Marine been preparing for the game?
The squad’s last training session will take place at Liverpool’s academy on Saturday afternoon. Liverpool and Everton offered help after alternative training facilities were closed due to a mixture of bad weather and restrictions amidst the third national lockdown in the space of a year.
On Thursday night, Marine’s players trained at Everton’s Finch Farm facility and on Tuesday night, at the home of Vauxhall Motors on Wirral. Marine’s pitch at Rossett Park is currently under the protection cover due to frosts on Merseyside this week.
Which players will be in the squad?
Bayleigh Passant, Germano Mendes, Josh Soloman-Davies, James Joyce, James Ellison, David Raven, Anthony Miley, Danny Shaw, Adam Hughes, Kenny Strickland, Alex Doyle, James Barrigan, Jay Devine, David Lynch, Josh Hmami, Neil Kengni, Niall Cummins, Ryan Wignall and Michael Howard.
While Barrigan works as a bin man for Sefton Council, Kengni is a plumber from Wythenshawe and Cummins is employed as a teacher.
Have any FA Cup matches been postponed due to COVID-19?
Yes. Southampton’s clash with Shrewsbury will not go ahead as originally planned on Saturday after a COVID-19 outbreak at the League One club.
Southampton are still waiting to find out whether the game will be rescheduled or whether they will receive a bye to the fourth round.
Aston Villa were forced to play a team made up entirely of under-21 players in a 4-1 loss against Liverpool on Friday night, with the Villa first team in isolation due to COVID-19.
Anything else I need to know?
Plenty. On the Business of Sport podcast, Marine CEO James Leary discussed their amazing FA Cup run, players getting furloughed and contending with multi-millionaire owners in the lower leagues.
To listen to the full episode, click here.
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