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Belfast Giants forced to postpone Sheffield Steelers double-header due to Covid outbreak

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Big concern: Adam Keefe has seen his Giants side hit by Covid issues. Credit: William Cherry

Big concern: Adam Keefe has seen his Giants side hit by Covid issues. Credit: William Cherry

Big concern: Adam Keefe has seen his Giants side hit by Covid issues. Credit: William Cherry

The Belfast Giants’ weekend fixtures with the Sheffield Steelers have been postponed after an unpecified number of the Giants’ playing staff tested positive for Covid-19.

The two sides were set to play back-to-back fixtures at the SSE Arena tomorrow and Saturday, but those games will now be re-arranged to new dates later in the season in line with the Elite League’s Covid-19 protocols.

It is understood the affected players are doing okay, with the club now managing the outbreak as best they can.

The positive results also throw next Wednesday’s home game against the Guildford Flames into doubt. As it stands, the fixture is still set to go ahead, however it too could be postponed should the situation worsen.

The Giants’ positive tests come against the backdrop of a string of postponements within the EIHL under its Covid-19 protocols, with three teams — including the Giants — dealing with outbreaks.

The Dundee Stars saw their Challenge Cup quarter-final second-leg away to the Cardiff Devils last night postponed with less than an hour’s notice to face-off after the Scottish side recorded positive results within their squad, while the Nottingham Panthers had to postpone their league fixture with the Manchester Storm on Tuesday after their own outbreak.

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