COVID-19: Newcastle United's Allan Saint-Maximin and Jamaal Lascelles suffering long-term effects from coronavirus

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Newcastle United's captain Jamaal Lascelles and winger Allan Saint-Maximin have both been suffering from the long-term effects of COVID-19.

The club's training ground was closed last month after an outbreak of coronavirus.

More than 10 individuals at the club tested positive for the virus, including players Federico Fernandez and Isaac Hayden.

Now, club sources have confirmed that Lascelles and Saint-Maximin have also been struggling with the symptoms of COVID-19.

Neither players have trained since testing positive, and will make their comeback once they have recovered and the relevant protocols are covered.

Both centre-back Lascelles and Saint-Maximin last played on 21 November - when Newcastle were beaten by Chelsea 2-0.

The club's manager Steve Bruce said last Friday it has been a "frightening" experience for the players.

He said: "My thoughts are with the two players, and the welfare of them.

"It's frightening when you think they are young and fit and absolutely supreme athletes.

"If anybody needs reminding of how serious this is, then we have witnessed it.

"We've had vomiting, sores, mouth ulcers, no smell, no taste, but the big thing, and which is the worrying thing, is the welfare of one or two of them.

"It's not great at all.

"That long-term COVID is something which you wouldn't think possible in young, fit, athletes.

"Unfortunately, it is so.

"They go for a walk for half an hour and then they want to go back to bed. It's as brutal as that."

He added: "The fatigue is the one thing that has hit them all. For two of them, it's beyond that. We hope there's light at the end of the tunnel, but some are finding it a struggle."

Ipswich Town FC tweeted that the club's physiotherapist Matt Byard thinks given the fast spread of COVID-19, the game should be temporarily stopped.

He said: "Football may benefit from a 'circuit breaker' before a return to playing securely."