Gary Dicker: Covid-19 left Kilmarnock skipper with ‘constant headache’

Gary Dicker (right) tested positive three days after facing St Mirren
Gary Dicker (right) tested positive three days after facing St Mirren

Kilmarnock skipper Gary Dicker says the after-effects of Covid-19 left him with “a constant headache for a week”.

Dicker began to feel unwell a couple of days after helping his side to a 1-0 win at St Mirren on 26 September.

The Irishman, 34, was then one of six positive cases at Rugby Park that week, leading to the squad going into self-isolation and the game against Motherwell being postponed.

“I had it probably the worst of all the lads,” said Dicker.

“[Initially] I just felt a bit achey, like a had a cold. I lost my sense of taste and smell later that week.

“I got better, but then started getting headaches. The after-effects – I had a constant headache for about a week. That went and then I was alright.”

Kilmarnock face a disciplinary hearing next week after being charged with breaching Covid-19 protocols in the build-up to the postponed Scottish Premiership game with Motherwell.

After the club forfeited a League Cup tie against Falkirk, Dicker made his comeback on 13 October in a depleted side beaten 3-0 by second-tier Dunfermline Athletic.

The midfielder says it took him “three weeks to feel completely right” after first experiencing symptoms.

“It’s more of a long Covid they talk about now and I think that’s probably what I had,” he added.

“If people who get it have underlying issues, you can see why it will affect them. I’m young and healthy and it knocked me.”