England global football star Callum Hudson-Odoi tests positive for coronavirus


Chelsea FC winger, Callum Hudson-Odoi has tested positive for the deadly coronavirus forcing the entire London team and coaching crew into self-isolation, the club said in a statement Friday morning local time.

"Chelsea men's team player Callum Hudson-Odoi had a positive test result for coronavirus returned this evening", a club statement said.

"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".

The Premier League, by contrast, declared earlier Thursday that the weekend's matches would continue as planned, although a meeting with the clubs was subsequently called for the following day after the news that Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta had been diagnosed with the disease.

Chelsea will be facing Aston Villa in their next Premier League game with the English topflight body confirming that the encounter and others will go on.

"This is really disappointing", said Spaniard Arteta, 37. "I hope to be back on the pitch very soon".

A "significant number of people" at Arsenal will self-isolate, including the "full first-team squad".

On his part, Arteta commented on his diagnosis but was quick to note that he is looking to forward to returning to work as soon as possible.

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He pointed out that the baseball team played a game on Wednesday, a 3-1 win over Hartford in Brookline. The conference tourneys were the first at the Division I level to be canceled because of the disease.

The Gunners' trip to Brighton on Saturday was immediately postponed following the news about Arteta and a blanket suspension of activity for at least one round of matches is now likely.

Despite the positive test, Chelsea said the 19-year-old "is doing well".

As Covid-19 cases approach 600 in the United Kingdom, and teams and players face increasing disruption and concerns for the health of all staff and fans, the Premier League is under increasing pressure to follow suit.

The statement added: "Meanwhile, the male team building, one of the many separate buildings on our training ground, will remain closed".

"However, his test came in positive this evening and he will undergo a period of self-isolation".

"We will provide additional updates if necessary via the club's website".

Manchester City defender Benjamin Mendy is self-isolating as a precaution after a member of his family was admitted to hospital displaying symptoms of coronavirus.