Head coach Steve Borthwick to miss Leicester's game against Bath Rugby

Steve Borthwick will continue to isolate until next week
Steve Borthwick will continue to isolate until next week

Leicester Tigers Steve Borthwick will miss the fifth round of the Gallagher Premiership clash against Bath Rugby as he will continue to be on a self-isolation.

The decision follows after Leicester returned a 'small number' of positive results for Covid-19 in the last round of Premiership testing which led to the cancellation of their Boxing Day game against Newcastle Falcons.

A statement released by the club read that Borthwick along with a "handful" of players will continue to be on self-isolation.

"Steve Borthwick is one of several members of the Leicester Tigers club, including players and staff who did not return to the club's training ground on Thursday, December 31 when it reopened in preparation for Sunday's Gallagher Premiership game against Bath Rugby," read a Leicester statement.

"Borthwick and a handful of players and staff will not be present at Mattioli Woods Welford Road for the Round 5 fixture and will continue to isolate at home into next week.

"The club returned a small number of positive tests in the latest round of PCR Covid-19 screening programme and the decision has been made to ensure the safety and wellbeing of players and staff.

"All players and staff will be tested again, in the next round of the PCR Covid-19 screening programme, early next week ahead of the away game against Northampton Saints in Round 6.

"Working closely with health authorities and Premiership Rugby, Tigers returned to training on Thursday under the guidance of Mike Ford, Aled Walters and Brett Deacon, assisted by Matt Smith and Tom Harrison, who will lead the side on Sunday at Welford Road."