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Newcastle United to reopen training ground after closure due to COVID-19

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Newcastle United are set to reopen their training ground in preparation for their Premier League clash against West Brom on Saturday.

The Magpies were forced to close Darsley Park last Monday, after several members of staff and players within the bubble tested positive for COVID-19, rendering the facility unsafe to use.

As a result, the entire first-team was unable to train together, which led to the postponement of their league clash with Aston Villa last Friday.

This was the first Premier League game to be postponed due to a surge in coronavirus cases since Project Restart commenced in June but the club have confirmed that the ground has been opened again.

Newcastle United took to their official Twitter page to announce the news, tweeting:

”Newcastle United’s players will train at the Training Centre today following a temporary closure last week due to a rise in Covid-19 cases. Those who had tested positive will follow relevant protocols before returning. Thanks for your messages of support to our players & staff.”

At this point, it is unknown the number of people who tested positive or their identity but positive cases will all enter the mandatory period of isolation and test negative before returning to action.

The Magpies were last in action on November 27 where very late goals from Callum Wilson and Joelinton gave them a 2-0 away victory over Crystal Palace.

Steve Bruce’e side currently sit in 13th place, having accrued 14 points from 10 games and they will next take on newly-promoted West Brom at St James Park.

The Baggies have found the going tough on their return to the top-flight and sit in 19th spot with just one win gotten from their 11 matches so far.

Slaven Bilic’s side have to start garnering points quickly to avoid an immediate drop back to the Championship, starting from their game with Newcastle United.

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