Premier League confirm two more positive Covid-19 cases
The latest round of Covid-19 testing in the Premier League has revealed two more positive cases.
On Saturday night, the Premier League posted the following update on their website:
The Premier League can today confirm that on Tuesday 19 May, Thursday 21 May and Friday 22 May, 996 players and club staff were tested for COVID-19. Of these, two have tested positive from two clubs.
Players or club staff who have tested positive will now self-isolate for a period of seven days.
For the second round of testing, the number of tests available to each club was increased from 40 to 50.
To be clear, we don’t know which clubs have thrown up these latest two positive results.
We also don’t know if the infected persons are players, coaches, or other members of staff.
UPDATE: Bournemouth player tests positive
On Sunday morning, Bournemouth confirmed that one of their players tested positive for Covid-19.
The Cherries posted the following statement on their website:
AFC Bournemouth can confirm that one of its players has tested positive for Covid-19, following the club’s second round of testing.
Medical confidentiality means the player’s name will not be disclosed, and the club asks for this to be respected.
— AFC Bournemouth (@afcbournemouth) May 24, 2020
Watford & Burnley have previously produced positive cases
Previously, Watford and Burnley have confirmed positive Covid-19 cases in their squads.
In the first round of testing, two players and one coach at Watford turned up positive coronavirus results.
33-year-old Watford defender Adrian Mariappa confirmed he’d tested positive.
Also, Burnley revealed that coach Ian Woan was Covid-19 positive.
Elsewhere, after the first round of testing, a few clubs let it be known that they’d not had any positive results.
Man United, Norwich and Wolves previously confirmed that their squads were conronavirus free.
Understood @ManUtd not one of the three Premier League clubs who returned positive COVID tests.
— Simon Stone (@sistoney67) May 19, 2020
This follows news from the Premier League that 6 players from 3 different clubs have tested positive.
— Rob Butler (@BobRutler) May 19, 2020
Wolves have been given the all-clear from their coronavirus tests. Players training in small groups (up to five) at Compton this evening. No contact permitted yet.
Across the PL, 748 players and staff tested. Six have tested positive from three clubs. #wwfc
— Joe Edwards (@JoeEdwards_Star) May 19, 2020
When will the 2019-20 Premier League resume?
There’s still no firm date set for the resumption of the 2019-20 Premier League.
However, as noted in the Sunday Times, the latest discovery of just two more positive Covid-19 cases is good news for Project Restart:
Premier League players could resume contact training by Thursday, the day after the 20 clubs vote on the issue as they seek to go on to the next stage of the football restart programme.
Should the clubs agree to go ahead with phase two, it would mean that the Premier League season would be on schedule to resume by about June 15.
Tom Cleverley on convincing Watford’s Troy Deeney to play
In recent days, as Premier League clubs started phase one of their training schedules, some footballers decided against joining up with their squads.
Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante showed up on day one, however the French World Cup winner has since agreed to stay away from training.
At Watford, captain Troy Deeney has been vocal with his objections to resuming training. Deeney’s young son has had breathing issues previously, and the Watford captain is understandably erring on the side of caution.
In the Observer, Watford midfielder Tom Cleverley has provided his thoughts on when Deeney could return to action:
What would I tell Troy? I would say that so far in training I have come into contact with as many people as I would visiting the supermarket or going for a morning jog round my estate.
I would talk him through the details, that’s all, though I appreciate we have not started contact training yet. That looks like it might be a pivotal moment.
Any increase in positive tests during phase two would probably put the whole thing in jeopardy.
Tom Cleverley calls on Watford players to display ‘no excuses mentality’ https://t.co/EimNpoMBjS
— Guardian sport (@guardian_sport) May 23, 2020
This article was edited by Benjamin Newman.
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