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Star signing Daniel Sturridge says Perth Glory “fuming and devastated” over COVID quarantine

Perth Glory star Daniel Sturridge says the side is “fuming and devastated” by the 14-day quarantine lockdown imposed on them after winger Pacifique Niyongabire tested COVID positive.

Glory are isolated in a Brisbane hotel after being ruled close contacts of Niyongabire with the former England and Liverpool striker expected to have played against Brisbane Roar on Saturday.

“We’ve had a positive case in the camp and unfortunately the whole team has to quarantine for 14 days and the next two games are off,” Sturridge said on Instagram.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 26: Daniel Sturridge of Perth Glory arrives for the A-League match between Western United and Perth Glory at AAMI Park, on November 26, 2021, in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)
Camera IconDaniel Sturridge Credit: Robert Cianflone/Getty Images

“Obviously we are all fuming and devastated about that and we want to be able to continue playing football and don’t want to lose fitness.

“I was buzzing because I was about to play after all the hard work in training I had done to get myself ready, and now I won’t be able to play this weekend.

“Obviously it’s not sustainable what’s going on right now and we just need to find a solution to be able to play football again and to stay healthy, stay fit mentally and physically, our minds, bodies, spirits.

“To make matters worse, we will be in quarantine for Christmas so it’s going to be a madness.

“Obviously feeling for my boy (Niyongabire).

“He’s in hospital now not based on his feeling but based on the rules and regulations.

“Unfortunately we’re in this situation.

“Hopefully things will change fast and we’ll be able to a continue playing football and doing what we love.

“Prayers up to my boy.

“He’s fine but being in hospital when you’re feeling OK and you don’t have any issue just because you have COVID when you could be here with us in hotel quarantine is tough to take.

“We’ll deal with it as a squad. We’re all in good spirits. We’re soldiers.”

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