Two more Premier League players test positive for the coronavirus
After a second batch of testing, it has been reported that two players from different Premier League clubs have tested positive for the coronavirus.
According to reports, eight positive tests for the virus have been confirmed from England’s top-flight clubs since players returned to limited group training on Tuesday.
“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,” the statement said.
“The Premier League is providing this aggregated information for the purposes of competition integrity and transparency.
“Players or club staff who have tested positive will now self-isolate for a period of seven days.”
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The Premier League also added that, it would not be providing any details of the two new positive tests.
According to the initial round of testing done on 17-18 May, on a total of 748 players and club staff, Watford’s Adrian Mariappa and two members of the club’s non-playing staff and which also includes Ian Woan, Burnley assistant manager, were among six positive tests.
All mentioned players are still in their seven-day isolation.
according to manager Nigel Pearson, two other Watford players are also self-isolating after coming into close contact with people who tested positive.
No matches have been played in the Premier League since March, but the government has given the green light for elite sport to resume from 1 June, including the top-flight football.
The Premier League’s “Project Restart” hopes to resume action in June, although no date has been fixed.
Another round of tests are scheduled to take place on Monday and Tuesday. All 20 clubs will hold a meeting on Wednesday to decide whether they can move to phase two of the restart and allow full-contact training.
Chief executive Richard Masters said on Friday the Premier League is “as confident as we can be” about a resumption of the top flight and that the remaining 92 games would be completed.
We hope to see the return of the premier league soon.