Rotherham manager Paul Warne has revealed that Newcastle have recalled midfielder Dan Barlaser due to the situation with the coronavirus.
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This is what Warne said about Barlaser in an interview with Rotherham’s official website:
“Yesterday, Dan Barlaser got called back from Newcastle, they didn’t want him to train, they wanted him to self-isolate.
“They kindly contacted me and said this is Newcastle’s policy, they want everyone to self-isolate, and they’d appreciate if I understood and allowed Dan to do the same thing.
“It is their player, who they have kindly loaned to us, and if we were fortunate enough to keep him next year, I need to keep those relationships open.
“We want to keep relationships strong with other teams and respect what they want, and so we have.”
We haven’t heard of any other Magpies out on loan being recalled just yet. Rolando Aarons (Motherwell), Achraf Lazaar (Cosenza), Jacob Murphy (Sheffield Wednesday), Kelland Watts (Mansfield), and Freddie Woodman (Swansea) are the other players currently on loan.
Warne mentioned that it was Newcastle’s policy that their players self-isolate, and that was why Barlaser was recalled. So maybe the five other Magpies will have their loan spell cut short as well.
However, Rotherham have had some players with symptoms of the coronavirus, and that could be the reason that only Dan was recalled.
This is what Paul Warne said about the current health of his squad:
“They’re good. They’re pretty healthy and we’ve only got a couple of the lads who aren’t so great, and I hope everyone who is listening to this interview is alright.
“It is a weird time. As a whole, the group and the staff have been pretty clear.
“Lewis Price’s brother has got coronavirus, and he has spent some time with him, while he didn’t know at the time. He has symptoms, so he is self-isolating for two weeks.
“Last Friday before we got the news that the game was off, Freddie [Ladapo] phoned up and had a fever, which is obviously a sign. He is also self-isolating for a week. We haven’t seen him, and we won’t see him for a bit.
Newcastle may be treating Barlaser’s situation differently than the other Magpies on domestic loans. Of course, Achraf Lazaar is currently in Italy so he’ll be under quarantine over there and likely unable to return.
We’ll see if Newcastle eventually recall Aarons, Murphy, Watts, and Woodman from their loan deals in the coming weeks.