Derby County can confirm that its Chief Executive Officer, Stephen Pearce, has this evening tested positive for COVID-19 during a routine test.

Pearce is currently asymptomatic and, in line with UK Government and club protocol, will now self-isolate.

As a result of individual meetings with Executive Chairman Mel Morris CBE and Manager Phillip Cocu over the course of today, they must also take part in a period of self-isolation, for 14-days, under UK Government and club protocol.

Derby’s first-team coaching staff will oversee Saturday’s Sky Bet Championship fixture at home to Barnsley in Cocu’s mandatory absence.