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Perth Glory superstar Daniel Sturridge ‘fuming’ at Queensland’s Covid-19 rules

Perth Glory’s marquee man Daniel Sturridge is “fuming” that the side’s next two games have been cancelled in compliance with Queensland Covid-19 rules, which he has labelled “unsustainable”.

The two-time FA Cup-winning forward signed on with Glory ahead of the 2021/22 season in a major coup for Australian football.

He played as a substitute in Glory’s first game of the season but is still working to return to match fitness.

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Sturridge’s preparations hit a snag when Glory attacker Pacifique Niyongabire tested positive to Covid-19 while the side was in Brisbane for its game with the Roar, which was subsequently cancelled.

Glory players and staff were deemed close contacts and were forced into 14 days of hotel quarantine, despite some already testing negative — including Sturridge.

Sturridge will have to wait until 2022 to play his second A-League game. (Photo by TREVOR COLLENS / AFP)Source: AFP

From next year, those deemed close contacts of a Covid-19 case in Queensland will be permitted to exit quarantine after eight days provided they are vaccinated and return a negative PCR test on days one and five of their isolation period.

Until then, however, 14 days of quarantine applies for close contacts in Queensland, regardless of test results.

On Instagram, Sturridge said he was “devastated” that Glory’s next two games had been postponed until the new year.

“We’ve had a positive case in the camp and unfortunately the whole team has to quarantine for 14 days and the next two games are off,” he said on his Instagram Story.

“Obviously we are all fuming and devastated about that and we want to be able to continue playing football and don’t want to lose fitness.”

Sturridge said the quarantine period was particularly difficult to swallow, given he felt ready to play his second A-League game.

“I was buzzing because I was about to play after all the hard work in training I had done to get myself ready, and now I won’t be able to play this weekend,” he said.

“To make matters worse, we will be in quarantine for Christmas so it’s going to be a madness.”

Sturridge called Queensland’s quarantine regulations into question.

“Obviously it’s not sustainable what’s going on right now,” he said.

“We just need to find a solution to be able to play football again and to stay healthy, stay fit mentally and physically, our minds, bodies, spirits.”

Sturridge’s football CV boasts two FA Cup and two UEFA Champions League titles as well as a Premier League title. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)Source: Getty Images

On his arrival to Australia, Sturridge posted a video to Instagram from a Perth hotel room in which he appeared to question why he had to complete 14 days of quarantine, given he was double-vaccinated.

“Mans Big vaxxed Yana and you know damn well I ain’t got Covid. Miles off it,” he captioned his video.

In his latest Instagram Story, Sturridge confirmed Niyongabire was “fine” but had nonetheless been admitted to hospital.

“Obviously feeling for my boy,” Sturridge said.

“He’s in hospital now not based on his feeling but based on the rules and regulations.

“He’s fine but being in hospital when you’re feeling OK and you don’t have any issue just because you have Covid when you could be here with us in hotel quarantine is tough to take.

“We’ll deal with it as a squad. We’re all in good spirits. We’re soldiers.”

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