Manchester City defender Kyle Walker has sent a message of support to Nottingham Forest owner Evangelos Marinakis as he looks to recover from coronavirus.
It has been a hectic few days for Forest off the pitch, with Reds owner Marinakis revealing on his personal Instagram page that he has the coronavirus and was in self-isolation.
This caused panic as it came just a few days after his visit to Nottingham, where he met up with the players before witnessing the Reds’ 3-0 defeat to Millwall at the City Ground.
As a result, Forest’s players, staff and officers have been tested for the coronavirus and all results have come back negative, the East Midlands club have recently confirmed.
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Marinakis’ other club, Olympiacos, have also had all results come back as negative, ahead of their behind closed doors Europa League clash with Wolves in Greece.
But after watching the Greek side in action against Arsenal in the previous round, the Gunners’ clash with Manchester City in the Premier League has been postponed as a “precautionary measure”.
City star Walker has since took to Twitter, though, insisting that the safety of fans has to be put before anything else, as well as wishing Marinakis a “speedy recovery”.
As a player you always want games to go ahead, but in this case the health and safety of the fans has to be put first as without you guys, we wouldn’t have the beautiful game! Wishing Mr Marinakis a speedy recovery! pic.twitter.com/c2PIhDMSU1
— Kyle Walker (@kylewalker2) March 11, 2020
Forest’s upcoming league clash with Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough looks set to go ahead, with the Reds looking to return to winning ways in the Championship this weekend.
A very nice gesture from Walker and a perfect outlook on the whole situation – the safety of fans has to come first.
I think people realise just how serious this whole issue is, and it was definitely the right decision for both City and Arsenal to agree to postpone the game.
Forest will now be looking to put this behind them now, and focus on beating Sheffield Wednesday in their push for promotion to the top-flight.