South Sydney send Latrell Mitchell home after flu-like symptoms

Chris Young
Sports Reporter
South Sydney star Latrell Mitchell and three teammates were sent home from the first day of NRL training after exhibiting flu-like symptoms. Coronavirus tests were carried out on all players. (Photo by Jono Searle/Getty Images)

South Sydney Rabbitohs star Latrell Mitchell and three teammates have been tested for the coronavirus, after Mitchell reported flu-like symptoms days after breaching social distancing guidelines.

The planned restart of the NRL could be in peril, with teams already making arrangements to resume training and competition as federal and state look COVID-19 related restrictions.

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Mitchell and three other teammates were immediately sent home from the first day of training, which incorporated being tested for the virus, after showing flu-like symptoms.

The news comes a week after Mitchell and Melbourne Storm star Josh Addo-Carr were fined by NSW Police and the NRL for breaching social distancing rules, when they and 10 others went on a camping trip.

Sydney Roosters coach Trent Robinson was also sent for a coronavirus test upon his return to training on Monday.

When approached by the Sydney Morning Herald, Rabbitohs coach Wayne Bennett refused to reveal the identities of the three other players who had been sent home, and insisted none of the players had entered the Rabbitohs training facility.

“We are all following protocols. We all want to be back playing footy and we all understand what it is going to take - there wasn't one complaint today,” Bennett said.

“The doctor questioned them upon entering the training facility and our medical staff were there with doctors to undergo screening.

“They were asked all questions about whether they had a sore throat, runny nose or have been coughing.

“If they had one of those symptoms in the last 24 hours we sent them straight off to be tested for coronavirus.

Latrell Mitchell and Josh Addo-Carr were fined by NSW Police and the NRl after going on a camping trip with 10 others in late April.

“We should have the results back by tomorrow morning. If they are symptom free they'll be fine and back in with everyone else. If they are positive, then they never entered our facility.”

Channel 9 reporter Danny Weidler said Bennett had downplayed the four players’ symptoms, stressing that the club was simply being overly cautious.

“Wayne Bennett has said in a normal circumstance you might not have noticed his symptoms, but these are not normal times so he had to be sent away,” he told Nine News.