London: English Premier League football club Chelsea’s player Callum Hudson-Odoi has test positive for coronavirus, the club announced in a statement on Friday (March 14). Due to this Chelsea’s training facility will have “partial closure”. 

“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,” Chelsea Football Club said in a statement on Friday.

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The club added, “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. 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.

“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 threat of coronavirus has resulted in many sporting events cancelled across the world. In India, the ODI series between the hosts and South Africa will be played behind closed doors in Lucknow (March 15) and Kolkata (March 18).

Tomorrow (March 14), IPL Governing Council (GC) will take a decision on the fate of IPL 2020. They may hold the tournament without spectators.