Plan to expedite player testing to keep season intact

The AFL is working with health authorities to expedite the process of testing footballers for coronavirus in order to keep the prospect of a full season intact.

The prospect of playing games behind closed doors and the genuine possibility of a player or club staff member contracting the virus dominated the conversation between senior coaches and league boss Gillon McLachlan at their annual breakfast on Wednesday.

AFL Chief Executive Officer Gillon McLachlan Credit:Getty Images

High-level sources have told The Age that some hospitals, including the Epworth in Richmond, are on standby for players who may require urgent testing.

The standard time for a person being tested for COVID-19 and receiving the results is five days. AFL players are expected to receive their findings sooner.


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