Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi has tested positive for coronavirus, the club have confirmed in a long statement.
The Blues’ training ground has been partially closed, while players and staff who have had close contact with the England international will now self-isolate.
Hudson-Odoi becomes the first Premier League footballer to be named as having the virus, although Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has also contracted it.
Chelsea announced that the teenager will enter self-isolation straight away along with other personnel who were in the men’s team building.
That building has been partially closed but the rest of the club’s facilities will continue to function as normal.
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The Chelsea statement in full read: “Chelsea men’s team player Callum Hudson-Odoi had a positive test result for Coronavirus returned this evening. Chelsea personnel who had recent close contact with the player in the men’s team building will now self-isolate in line with Government health guidelines.
“These will include initially the full men’s team squad, coaching staff and a number of backroom staff.
“It is expected that those who did not have close contact with Callum will return to work in the coming days. In the meantime, the men’s team building, one of several separate buildings at our training ground, will remain closed.
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“The rest of our training facility, Stamford Bridge and our other facilities are operating as normal.
“Callum displayed symptoms similar to a mild cold on Monday morning and has not been at the training ground since then as a precaution.
“However, his test came in positive this evening and he will undergo a period of self-isolation.
“Despite testing positive for the virus, Callum is doing well and looking forward to returning to the training ground as soon as it is possible.
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“We will continue to adhere to Government and Public Health Guidelines with regard to our facilities and staff and will be discussing next steps with regards to upcoming fixtures with the Premier League on Friday morning. We will provide further updates as necessary via the club’s website.
“We wish Callum a speedy recovery and look forward to welcoming him back to the club soon.”
The Premier League is set to meet for crisis talks on Friday morning to discuss whether to play this weekend’s upcoming fixtures.
So far only Arsenal’s tip to Brighton on Saturday has been postponed.
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