Morecambe’s stance on Bolton Wanderers Boxing Day clash amid Covid uncertainty revealed

Morecambe boss Stephen Robinson and his players are preparing for the club’s Boxing Day clash against Bolton Wanderers amid Covid uncertainty over matches going ahead in light of rising Covid-19 cases and postponements.

The EFL announced yesterday that its programme of games will continue with fixtures to be played where it is safe to do so, and the set squad criteria can be fulfilled by clubs in the Championship, League One and League Two.

But it is acknowledged there are likely to be postponements in the future because of future positive cases being identified, but the EFL has ‘optimism’ disruption can be minimised following implementation of red protocols, a daily testing regime and ongoing vaccination rollout.

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Wanderers’ clash against Wycombe Wanderers last weekend was postponed after a number of positive cases were confirmed in the Bolton squad.

That postponement was announced on Thursday, December 16, a full 10 days before the planned match against Morecambe on Boxing Day at the University of Bolton Stadium.

Boxing Day matches in the Championship between Barnsley and Stoke City, as well as Cardiff vs Coventry, have already been postponed in light of positive cases, and several matches in League Two have also been called off.

And Morecambe, who played out a goalless draw against Fleetwood Town over the weekend, are preparing for this weekend’s clash against Wanderers as if it is going ahead.

But with a fully vaccinated squad, Robinson believes that his side should not have to test every day as has now been rolled out in a bid to keep games on in light of costs and the possibility of finding several cases in a short space of time.

Robinson told the Lancaster Guardian : “We work every day and we will be here on Christmas Day.

“We’re trying to get a win on Boxing Day to send everyone home happy.

“We’ve gone into red rules, which is difficult because we’ve had everyone vaccinated.

“The people who do that should get more leniency and not test every day. There’s a cost element to testing every day and the fear is people are going to have it, and then you can have five or six out.

“It’s not just football, it’s all over the world, but different buses and single rooms look like they’re going to be reintroduced – hopefully just for a space of time.”

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