Wayne Rooney misses Derby's Championship trip to Reading

Wayne Rooney misses Derby County’s Championship trip to Reading with ‘cold-like symptoms’ but tests negative for Covid-19 and keeps in touch with his coaching staff over the phone

  • Wayne Rooney did not travel to the Select Car Leasing Stadium for the match
  • Derby said their manager was suffering from ‘cold-like symptoms’
  • But Rooney has tested negative for Covid-19 and is absent as a ‘precaution’ 
  • Liam Rosenior, the assistant manager, took charge with Rooney in contact 

Wayne Rooney missed Derby County’s Championship clash with Reading on Monday afternoon with ‘cold-like symptoms’ but has tested negative for Covid-19.

The Rams manager was absent from the Select Car Leasing Stadium but was in communication with his coaching staff on the sidelines.

The Pride Park club made clear Rooney’s absence was a ‘precautionary measure’ under Covid protocols even though he tested negative for the virus.

Wayne Rooney has missed Derby County’s visit to Reading in the Championship with ‘cold-like symptoms’ – but the Rams manager has tested negative for Covid-19 

Derby’s Curtis Davies challenges Reading keeper Luke Southwood during the fixture

A club statement read: ‘Derby boss Wayne Rooney won’t be in attendance at the game today as he is unwell.

‘Rooney has tested negative for Covid-19 and has cold-like symptoms, but has strictly followed the club’s Covid-19 protocols, implemented by the Chief Medical Officer, and taken the precautionary measure to not travel with his staff and the squad to minimise any risk

‘He will instead be in touch with the coaching staff throughout the 90 minutes from home.’

Rooney’s assistant manager Liam Rosenior took charge of the team at Reading.

Rooney’s assistant manager Liam Rosenior took charge of Derby at the stadium 

Derby’s supporters followed their team to Reading in considerable numbers for the match

Derby came into the match off the back of three consecutive Championship wins over Blackpool, West Bromwich Albion and Stoke City in December.

Those results meant they started the afternoon 11 points from safety – with 21st place occupied by Reading – following their combined 21-point deduction earlier in the season.

They were docked 12 points in September for entering administration and then deducted a further nine points in November for admitting a breach of EFL accounting rules.

Reading were deducted six points in November for a breach of profit and sustainability regulations, plunging them into relegation trouble.

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