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Coppinger praises NHS staff

27 March 2020

James Coppinger has paid tribute to NHS staff who continue to work tirelessly to contend with the COVID-19 pandemic which is sweeping across the world.

As the footballing calendar is currently suspended, the Rovers club captain has been looking after his three children while wife Lucie is on duty at the James Cook University hospital.

He said: “My wife has been working night shifts as a nurse so it’s difficult when she goes out of the house and my daughter in particular is asking questions.

“She’s doing really well, she is a paediatric nurse and works with children but she is seeing first hand what is happening.

“The people who are going out to work and sacrificing things  to help everyone else deserve huge credit.”

Coppinger believes the most important thing is for players, staff and supporters to stay safe and follow advice from the government and NHS.

He added: “There is no definite date when we’re starting back which is something I haven’t experienced in my 21 years in football.

“The manager has made the message clear that we have to listen to what we’ve been told and stay at home while sticking to the programmes we’ve been given.

“The biggest thing to remember is football will resume and life will go back to normal, but for now it’s about keeping those close to you safe.”

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