Birmingham City goalkeeper Neil Etheridge released from hospital after being treated for Covid-19

Birmingham City goalkeeper Neil Etheridge has been released from hospital after being treated for Covid-19 and is recovering at home with his family… as Lee Bowyer says ‘everyone is smiling’ after a positive update

  • Neil Etheridge was taken to hospital this week to receive treatment for Covid-19
  • Birmingham goalkeeper Etheridge, 31, spent several days there during the fight
  • But it has been confirmed that he has been released and is back home with his family
  • Lee Bowyer said ‘everyone is smiling’ at St Andrew’s after the welcome update

Birmingham City goalkeeper Neil Etheridge has been released from hospital after being treated for Covid-19.

Etheridge, 31, fell ill while preparing for the new Championship season but was able to return home.

He is now recovering with his family and head coach Lee Bowyer has described the sense of elation at the club.

“Everyone is smiling and thankful to be home,” Bowyer said.

‘It’s great news. We can’t rush and wait to see how he’s doing, but the most important thing is that he’s back with his family.”

Neil Etheridge from Birmingham has been released from hospital after being treated for Covid-19

Having played 43 times for Birmingham in the last campaign, Etheridge has become a key player at St Andrew’s following his move from Cardiff City.

Earlier this week, the club announced that stopper Etheridge has been hospitalized after contracting the virus.

He stayed there for several days to receive treatment and tested positive for the first time during Birmingham’s preparation camp in Troon.

Etheridge (right) is now home and recovering with his family after contracting the virus

Etheridge (right) is now home and recovering with his family after contracting the virus

Etheridge is believed to have battled Covid-19 for over a week before being admitted.

“The club can confirm that Neil Etheridge is currently being treated in hospital for COVID-19,” the statement said. “Everyone at BCFC sends him all our strength and best wishes.”

Craig Gardner, Birmingham Technical Director, added: “On behalf of the board, staff, players and everyone associated with the club, we all stand behind Neil and are happy to help him in his fight against COVID-19 .

Lee Bowyer said 'everyone is smiling' at the club and Etheridge is now fired

Lee Bowyer said ‘everyone is smiling’ at the club and Etheridge is now fired

“We are in constant contact with his immediate family and will continue to support them in every way possible.

“He is in the best hands possible and we hope we can all welcome him home as soon as possible.”

Etheridge began his career in Chelsea’s academy and then played for Fulham, Walsall and Cardiff. He is also international for the Philippines.

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