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NRL: Stefano Utoikamanu removed from Eels bubble after COVID-19 breach

NRL: Stefano Utoikamanu removed from Eels bubble after COVID-19 breach

He wasn’t on the field for long, but what happened post-game has forced rising Eels star Stefano Utoikamanu to leave the Parramatta bubble.

Utoikamanu only got on the field in the closing stages of Sunday’s win over Newcastle and was captured celebrating with friends and family after the game.

The NCA NewsWire can reveal the rising bookend has been forced to leave the Eels bubble, but he can rejoin the squad if the people he touched return a negative result to COVID-19.

Utoikamanu will be hoping this is the case so he can play his second NRL game against Manly at Brookvale Oval on Saturday.

“As always we will be guided by the advice of our medical experts,” said NRL head of football Graham Annesley on the incident.

“We will then be in a position to advise the club and the player of any further action or protocol implications.”

Utoikamanu may miss next week’s clash with Manly if forced to self-isolate.