Millwall boss Rowett tests positive for Covid-19 before Barnsley clash

Millwall boss Gary Rowett looks set to be absent for at least the club’s next three Championship matches after testing positive for Covid-19.

In a statement released on Friday evening, the Lions confirmed that their manager awoke with “very mild” coronavirus symptoms on Friday morning and did not take training as usual at their Calmont Road base as he awaited the results of a test which later came back positive.

Rowett must now isolate for 10 days in line with Government protocol, meaning he will be absent from The Den when Millwall take on Barnsley in the second tier on Saturday.

Such a time frame will also see the former Birmingham, Derby and Stoke manager stay away for next Wednesday’s (October 28) trip to Preston and the visit of Huddersfield on October 31, with the following meeting against Norwich at Carrow Road on November 3 falling a day outside that initial 10-day window.

Assistant coach Adam Barrett will take the reins instead, though, as we recently saw with West Ham counterpart David Moyes, Rowett will still be able to select Millwall’s team and tactics from home and communicate with the bench via phone, should he so choose.

“Millwall Football Club can confirm that its manager, Gary Rowett, has tested positive for Covid-19,” Millwall’s statement on social media read.

“Rowett woke up this morning (Friday) with very mild symptoms of the virus and consequently took a test. He did not oversee training at Calmont Road ahead of Saturday’s game against Barnsley.

“In line with existing Government guidelines, the Lions boss will self-isolate for a period of 10 days. Assistant manager, Adam Barrett, will lead the team throughout Rowett’s absence.”

Millwall – who narrowly missed out on a play-off berth last term – have enjoyed a promising start to the 2020/21 Championship season, losing just one of their opening six games to sit sixth after back-to-back wins over Wycombe and Luton.

On Saturday, with supporters still unable to attend professional football matches in England due to Covid-19 rules, Millwall have arranged for around 80 fans to watch the game against Barnsley on TV screens in hospitality areas inside The Den.

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