CITY'S game against Stevenage this afternoon is ON - despite the visitors reporting further Covid cases.

Stevenage have reported another two positive tests in their squad to go with the one announced yesterday.

But after talks between the club and the EFL, it has been decided that all parties are happy for the match to still go ahead at Valley Parade today.

In a statement on Stevenage's website, chairman Phil Wallace said this morning: “We feel we did the right thing testing everyone. It changed our travel plans but we’re happy we’ve got clarity on our position, are able to play the game and look forward to taking on Bradford today.

“I believe every club needs to get weekly testing in place going forward to reduce the chances of a sudden surge in infection rates and we have to find a way to pay for this that doesn’t cause even more financial damage to clubs.”

Yesterday, Wallace revealed he had paid £3,500 for tests so all players and staff could have one.

He told the club's website: "What we have been told to do – only test players and management with symptoms – might have been acceptable when numbers were low but things have changed and when it happens in your club, you feel an obligation to test everyone, if only to reassure them.

"But what do we do if another individual reports with symptoms on Monday – test everyone all over again? This isn’t the right way and nor is only testing symptomatic players. The EFL simply can’t leave it to clubs to decide who gets tested and who doesn’t for all sorts of fairly obvious reasons.

"With what’s in front of us, I believe we have to find a way to get weekly testing funded. This virus is here to stay so each and every one of our players will probably catch it at some point. If we test on a specific day each week, we have a chance of managing the spread within our squads."

He added: "Today I paid out £3,500 for tests to ensure the welfare of our players for a few days, at a time when our Club is scrambling for every pound. When it is reported that the PFA have £55 million in retained earnings and if their main role is the welfare of their members, one might wonder why the PFA are not paying for these tests.

"What we are doing now – only testing folk that have symptoms and allowing each club to decide whether or not it tests further - is going to result in mass infections all at once and games cancelled as a result."