Livingston v Ross County goes ahead as norovirus outbreak eases

Ross County players
Only eight Ross County players were fit for training on Thursday but have been sent home

Saturday's Scottish Premiership game between Livingston and Ross County will go ahead as scheduled despite the visiting club being hit with illness.

County had said on Thursday they were left with eight fit first-team players as 10 others were struck with the norovirus winter vomiting bug.

But they reported on Friday that there had been a "marked improvement".

The Scottish Professional Football League said "no postponement request was received from either club".

"The SPFL can confirm that the fixture between Livingston and Ross County, scheduled for a 3pm kick-off tomorrow at the Tony Macaroni Arena, will proceed as originally scheduled," it said in a statement.

County's 10 players had been hit by the bug after Tuesday training, with co-manager Steven Ferguson suggesting the club's plight was "very critical" as "everybody was sent home" and their Thursday session cancelled.

"We've cleared the building and, regarding the players, 10 of them have got this winter sickness bug," Ferguson had said.

"We're following orders of the doctors and medical staff. That gives us a huge problem when we're looking to build up to our game on Saturday."

County sit seventh in the Premiership table, one place and one point ahead of Livingston and with a game in hand.

Livingston manager Gary Holt added: "It's part of the game. We have a few boys who were off this week, we have injuries as everyone knows. It's not nice, but come Saturday, I'm sure they will want to play the game."

The NHS says symptoms start suddenly within one to two days of being infected and advises anyone with norovirus to stay off work for 48 hours after they have stopped.

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