Roosters forward Baker put into isolation

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Sydney Roosters have lost forward Fletcher Baker for two weeks and cancelled training on Monday after the second-rower was identified as a close contact of a COVID-19 case.

Baker was ordered into 14 days of isolation by NSW Health after visiting a Sydney supermarket that has been named as a hotspot.

His visit was not a breach of the NRL's protocols, which do allow players to leave the house for essential services.

The 21-year-old returned a negative test on his first swab, but real remain in isolation and miss games against Canterbury and North Queensland.

Reserve fullback Brad Abbey was also ordered to undergo a test given he lives in the same apartment building as a confirmed case.

The club therefore has to wait for him to return a negative test before they can resume training on Tuesday.

The Roosters have not trained over the weekend since their 46-0 flogging from Melbourne, meaning there is minimal risk of a crisis if either player was positive.

However it's the latest in a long run of scares for the league, with eight first-graders and a coach sidelined over the weekend after being identified as close contacts.

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