Former Carlisle United striker Gavin Reilly has confirmed he contracted Covid-19 weeks after leaving the Blues.

The forward, who joined Scottish Premiership side Livingston after ending his short-lived time with United, tested positive for the virus earlier this month.

The 27-year-old from Gretna had to self-isolate after suffering from some of the familiar symptoms associated with the virus.

Reilly said: “I felt rundown, as if I had a cold and flu. I didn’t have a cough or fever but then I lost my taste and smell.

“After a couple of days I felt better but my taste didn’t come back for a week later – that wasn’t too bad because my cooking is that bad it didn’t make any difference!

“It was little things, like you would have your coffee in the morning and you couldn’t taste it.

“It was like a hot drink going down. It was weird more than anything.

“It was a wee bit frustrating going into isolation, especially after coming in and getting a few games so I am just looking forward to get back going."

Reilly returned to action in Saturday's 1-1 draw against former club St Mirren.

It was his fifth appearance for Livingston since his move from United.

The former Bristol Rovers man made 21 Blues appearances, scoring once, after joining last summer but struggled for regular starts. United agreed to his departure by mutual consent early in the January transfer window.