Dealing with Covid uncertainty a nightmare, says Adrian Lam

Adrian Lam admits managing his squad during the Covid-19 pandemic is "a nightmare".
Wigan coach Adrian LamWigan coach Adrian Lam
Wigan coach Adrian Lam

A third player has been scrubbed from Friday's fixture with Warrington after testing positive for coronavirus.

And he admits the weekly uncertainty, as they await test results, is presenting its challenges.

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"It's a nightmare," Lam said. "I'm sure it's the same for all the coaches. You sort of hold your breath waiting for the results.

"They come around 30 hours after you get tested and, when you get the text through from the welfare office that it's all clear, it's a sigh of relief.

"You dread the moment but you're aware that it's highly likely to happen.

"When you consider what is happening in the UK at the moment and the rise in cases... it's going to happen.

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"I just hope as a sport we can contain it for the safety of everyone involved."

Lam is sparing a thought for Leeds and Salford as they prepare for the Challenge Cup final at Wembley on Saturday week.

"I think every club is talking about it and with the Challenge Cup final in mind, this weekend I'm sure they'll be nervous about playing that big game with all their players," he said. "The RFL may have to guide them and help them out.

"I think it's a bit too late now to go in a bubble for everyone, but we're prepared to make sure we finish the competition.

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"I guess the big danger is making sure we keep the integrity of the competition and that all."

Although a third Wigan player has tested positive for Covid-19, Friday's Betfred Super League top-four clash with Warrington will go ahead.

Two Warriors players were already self-isolating after receiving positive test results on Tuesday and that went up to three following a series of re-tests.

The identity of the players has not been revealed, although centre Oliver Gildart missed the semi-final because he was displaying coronavirus symptoms.

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