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Inter Miami suffer huge Covid outbreak with Phil Neville’s MLS plans in chaos after THREE pre-season friendlies axed


PHIL NEVILLE’S hopes of hitting the ground running in Miami have been hampered by Covid-19.

The former England Lionesses boss is in Sarasota gearing up for his MLS kick-off on April 18.

Phil Neville's (wearing black) pre-season plans at Inter Miami have been scuppered by a Covid outbreak

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Phil Neville’s (wearing black) pre-season plans at Inter Miami have been scuppered by a Covid outbreakCredit: AP

But three pre-season training matches against Charleston, New York Red Bulls and Nashville have all been canned after a number of positive tests.

SunSport understands a mix of players from the teams involved have been infected.

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Neville is confident the setback won’t derail the hopes of getting his side ready for the season opener against LA Galaxy. 

Inter , owned by David Beckham, have also cancelled a press conference with Neville which was scheduled for today.

Inter’s first pre-season training-ground ‘scrimmage’ of the pre-season was set to be against Paul Dalglish’s Miami FC.

However that was postponed last Saturday also due to health concerns.

Inter have suffered from Covid problems in the past.

Star striker Gonzalo Higuain missed last term’s play-off match with Nashville due to the virus.

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Neville will at least be boosted by having the whole squad at his disposal next week at their South Florida base. 

Stoke City legend Ryan Shawcross has already landed at Inter as Goldenballs and P Nev look to mount a challenge for the Eastern Conference and seal a place in the MLS Cup play-offs.

West Brom’s former Arsenal full-back Kieran Gibbs has agreed a pre-contract agreement to join the club in May.

Sunderland youngster Mitchell Curry will be the third Englishman to sign since Neville took charge ahead of the 2021 campaign.

The 21-year-old striker is out of contract at the Stadium of Light in June but has sealed an early exit to head to the MLS.

Curry will initially link up with Inter’s B team Fort Lauderdale CF.

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