ACCRINGTON Stanley have announced that tomorrow night’s Sky Bet League One fixture at Swindon Town has been suspended.

A statement released by the club said: "The decision follows the recent positive COVID-19 tests and the requirement for players and staff to self-isolate as per EFL and Government guidance in order to mitigate against the risk of further infection.

"The circumstances surrounding the postponement will now be the subject of investigation in accordance with EFL Regulations.

"A revised date for the rearranged fixture will be confirmed in due course."

Stanley shut down their first-team operation for two weeks last Friday after eight players and a member of staff tested positive for Covid-19.

Saturday's game against Bristol Rovers was also cancelled with no players allowed at the club or in training for the next fortnight.

The club’s academy operation has continued as it is part of a separate bubble.

Manager John Coleman, who tested negative but is self-isolating, said the Reds are doing their “duty” and following relevant EFL protocols.

On Friday he admitted any concerns about how many games will be lost and where it will leave Stanley in League One were very much secondary to the wider public health concerns.

He said: “It’s a big blow to be playing catch-up in the league but we have to get on with it and protect the players, staff, their families and the public.”

Managing director David Burgess is still overseeing staff at the Wham Stadium as the non-playing operation continues.

He said: “The club has basically closed down whilst the first team players self-isolate.

“The youth team and academy are part of a separate social bubble and train at a different venue from the first team and they will continue to train and play their weekend games.

“All other club staff continue to operate from the Wham Stadium’s offices and retail shop, which again is separate from all first team activities.

“We will now keep everything closed and be ready for the first team to return in the next couple of weeks.”