Socceroos legend Harry Kewell has tested positive for COVID-19 while on coaching duties in the UK.
Kewell, the current Oldham Athletic manager, missed his side’s 1-1 draw with Carlisle United after being forced to self-isolate for 10 days.
According to an official club statement, Kewell has not been present at any club commitments since reportedly “feeling unwell towards the end of the weekend”.
“He was subsequently re-tested yesterday, but was not present at training since developing symptoms,” the club statement said.
“The daily screening protocol and guidance from the EFL and government is still being followed in what is still a challenging time for all.
“The club would like to wish Harry a quick recovery and look forward to welcoming him back once it is safe for him to do so.”
Assistant Head Coach Alan Maybury will take charge of tonight's game on the touchline after a positive test for Covid-19 came back today for Harry Kewell. #oafc— Oldham Athletic (@OfficialOAFC) October 20, 2020
The Australian great will be absent for at least two more games as his assistant Alan Maybury takes on managerial responsibilities in the meantime.
Kewell was appointed Oldham’s manager in August, after becoming the first Australian to coach a professional English side with Crawley Town in 2017.