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HEADACHE FOR BRAD

Covid side­lines Dwyer

- By Gareth Walker

TEST­ING pos­i­tive for Covid- 19 has shown Brad Dwyer how dif­fi­cult it will be to con­tain the virus.

The Leeds Rhi­nos hooker is self- iso­lat­ing and will not be avail­able to play again un­til next month.

Dwyer was tested af­ter suf­fer­ing from a se­vere headache fol­low­ing the Su­per League match against Hud­der­s­field on Septem­ber 11 and is un­able to ex­er­cise un­til he re­turns a neg­a­tive test.

He said: “It’s not been ideal. I’m not sure where it has come from and where I’ve caught it from but from the mo­ment I tested pos­i­tive I was iso­lat­ing.

“I had a re­ally bad headache. I suf­fered whiplash in the last game I played and thought it was a symp­tom of that.

“I didn’t have any other symp­toms un­til the back end of last week when I suf­fered for two days with re­ally bad flu symp­toms. But it was the headache that was the big­gest is­sue, and a lack of en­ergy.

“It was ba­si­cally like a nor­mal flu case – I then woke up one day feel­ing bet­ter, thank­fully.

“Hope­fully, I’m on the other side of it now and it’s not had too much im­pact on my body and lungs. If any­thing it has high­lighted to me how dif­fi­cult it’s go­ing to be to con­trol.

“Don’t get me wrong, it’s not been too se­ri­ous in my case, but it’s how eas­ily it’s spread and can go un­seen.”

Dwyer says his ex­pe­ri­ences have also val­i­dated the ex­ten­sive Covid- 19 pro­ce­dures at the Rhi­nos, who beat Hull KR in his ab­sence in the Chal­lenge Cup quar­ter- fi­nals last week.

The 27- year- old said: “The club has been great and there’s been so much work done be­hind the scenes. Now it’s com­ing to fruition with my case be­cause it’s not wiped the club out.

“We’ve seen with other teams that once there’s been a case they’ve had to stand the whole or­gan­i­sa­tion down. There’s been a cou­ple of boys stood down but hope­fully they haven’t got it and it proves that what the club has done is work­ing.

“If I carry on symp­tom free and get a neg­a­tive test, to­wards the end of this week I can live a nor­mal­ish life. It’s then a seven days re­turn- to- play pro­to­col.”

 ??  ?? ISO­LATED: Dwyer will not play again un­til next month
ISO­LATED: Dwyer will not play again un­til next month

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