BOSS Jason Tindall believes "excellent" protocols at Cherries will stop coronavirus spreading amongst the squad.

Joshua King has this week tested positive for the virus, having returned from international duty with Norway.

A total of 60 tests were carried out among the squad and staff on Thursday, with 59 coming back negative and only King testing positive.

The striker is now in a period of isolation for 10 days, but as it stands no further members of the squad will also have to isolate and should be free to face Reading in the Championship tomorrow.

Asked if he is concerned that the game could be thrown into doubt or if King's positive COVID-19 test could potentially lead to more cases across the squad, Tindall told the Daily Echo: "No, I think the protocols we’ve got in place here at the football club are excellent.

"We had 60 tests done on Thursday and only one came back positive, which was Josh King. That was because he picked that up in Norway on international duty. So everything that happens here around the football club, the protocols are very good so I’m not really too concerned, no."

There has been lots of discussion and debate this week regarding international fixtures during the pandemic.

King is the latest in a line of footballers who have contracted the virus whilst on their travels with their countries this month, including Premier League stars Mo Salah, Matt Doherty and Sead Kolasinac.

Asked if he feels the international games should be happening at the moment, Tindall said: "It’s difficult. Listen, I don’t think anyone could’ve foreseen or planned for what’s happened in this last year.

"So many things have had to move and be changed and protocols put in place, but I think on the whole it’s unusual for this to happen. For all the players that go away, I think when you probably work out the percentage of how many end up testing positive, I imagine it’s not very high.

"It’s not ideal, but unfortunately for us it’s one of our players and something we’ve got to get on with and know that we can’t think about it, just continue with the squad we’ve got and hopefully go out there and deliver good performances that wins us games."

Quizzed on how big a disruption King's positive test has been to preparations ahead of facing table-toppers Reading, Tindall said: "It’s just another thing that we’ve had to deal with. It’s no different to training and then a player picking up an injury and then all of a sudden they’re not available for you.

"It’s very unfortunate that we lose Kingy now for a period of time with the amount of games that are coming up, but it’s something we can’t do anything about. We’ve just got to get on with what’s happened and continue as we have to with the squad that we’ve got."