Derby County set to fulfil FA Cup tie without any first teamers

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Wayne Rooney is acting as Derby’s interim manager. The club’s entire first-team squad will miss the FA Cup tie at Chorley on Saturday. Richard Sellers-PA

A massive outbreak of COVID-19 at Derby County has thrown their FA Cup clash with Chorley this weekend into chaos.

The game is expected to go ahead as planned but the Rams will be without almost any recognisable faces for the fixture.

Both The Telegraph and Sky Sports report that Wayne Rooney and the entire first team are set to miss the game due to a coronavirus outbreak.

Over seven members of staff and players have now tested positive meaning Under-23 coaches Pat Lyons and Gary Bowyer or academy director Darren Wassall will take charge of the game.

And they will be forced to name a team made up entirely of Under-23 and Under-18 players after the club closed their training ground this week.

The club closed their training ground this week and sent their first team staff into isolation ahead of Sunday’s game at Victory Park.

The FA wrote to all clubs in the competition last week to inform them that all ties must be played if they have 14 available players.

They were also instructed to utilise their wider squad if needed, meaning using youth team players is an acceptable solution.

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