Preston forward Jayden Stockley is diagnosed with coronavirus
North End striker Jayden Stockley has tested positive for Covid-19
Stockley, who returned negative tests on both Thursday 21st May and Monday 25th May, undertook a third test on Thursday of this week, which has now provided a positive result.
The 26-year-old, who is asymptomatic and feeling no ill effects, will now self-isolate at home and provided he develops no symptoms, he will, in line with medical protocols, return to training with his team-mates after his isolation.
The Lilywhites forward was keen to let fans know that he was feeling in good condition and disappointed to be missing training, after being back in with the squad this week.
He told pnefc.net: “It came as a complete shock. I got a call from the Doc when I came back from training; I felt brilliant in training, put a good session in and his number came up. We were aware we would get a call if our test was positive and I was thinking ‘no, surely not’, but he told me and it was a surreal moment real. You feel like you are untouchable and you are going to ride through it.
“You can send yourself a bit crazy thinking ‘where did I catch it’, because we are from down south we have not been down there, we have stayed in our house up here and not mixed with anyone; the supermarket has been pretty much the only place we have been, other than our walks in the country, but we haven’t come into contact with anyone.
"You could think, ‘when and why?’, but the best thing is to be as sensible as possible now and listen to all the advice on what to do.
“It is frustrating, because I feel really good. The last week at training has been really tough and it is a shame to completely stop that, but you have to accept you have to do what is right for all the other boys and their families, so in the grand scheme of things, it will only be a week or two I am isolating for and I owe it to the club and the boys to do it properly and listen to the advice.”