Chelsea Winger, Callum Hudson-Odoi Tested Positive For Coronavirus, Callum Hudson-Odoi become the first premier league player to be infected with coronavirus.
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is also self-isolating after also testing positive.
All Premier League games, EFL fixtures and matches in the FA Women’s Super League and Women’s Championship have been postponed until at least 3 April.
Everton’s squad joined those of Chelsea and Arsenal in self-isolation after one of their first-team players showed symptoms of the virus.
Chelsea say Hudson-Odoi “displayed symptoms similar to a mild cold on Monday morning” and stayed away from the the training ground.
The club added that the player is “doing well and looking forward to returning to the training ground as soon as it is possible”.
On Friday, the 19-year-old tweeted a video where he said: “As you may be aware I had the virus for the last couple of days which I have recovered from.
“I am following the health guidelines and self-isolating myself from everybody for the week. I hope to see everybody soon and hopefully will be back on the pitch very soon.”
Official advice from Public Health England is that most people will no longer be likely to transmit the virus seven days after the onset of symptoms. However people who have had contact with a confirmed case but not yet displayed symptoms should self-isolate for 14 days.
Chelsea’s full squad has gone into isolation and the club cancelled Friday’s scheduled news conference.
The Gunners have closed their training ground and club staff who had recent contact with Arteta will also self-isolate.
“This is really disappointing,” said Spaniard Arteta, 37. “I took the test after feeling poorly. I will be at work as soon as I’m allowed.”
Arsenal say they expect a “significant number of people” will self-isolate, including the “full first-team squad”.
“The health of our people and the wider public is our priority and that is where our focus is,” said Arsenal managing director Vinai Venkatesham.
“We are in active dialogue with all the relevant people to manage this situation appropriately, and we look forward to getting back to training and playing as soon as medical advice allows.”
Arsenal’s Premier League match with Manchester City on Wednesday was postponed as a “precautionary measure” and several Gunners players went into self-isolation after Olympiakos owner Evangelos Marinakis contracted coronavirus.
Arsenal said Marinakis, 52, met a number of their players when the Gunners hosted the Greek side in a Europa League match two weeks ago.
The club said no players or staff would be tested for coronavirus.
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.
Three Leicester City first-team players have also self-isolated after showing symptoms of coronavirus.
How things unfolded on Thursday
- 14:06 GMT – Brendan Rodgers says three Leicester City players have self-isolated after showing symptoms.
- 16:00 GMT – Manchester City’s Champions League last-16 tie with Real Madrid, due to take place on Tuesday, is postponed.
- 17:25 GMT – Prime Minister Boris Johnson says the UK government is considering banning sporting fixtures – but it will not happen immediately.
- 20:45 GMT – Manchester City say defender Benjamin Mendy is self-isolating as a precaution.
- 21:30 GMT – The Premier League announces all this weekend’s games “will go ahead as scheduled”.
- 22:17 GMT – Arsenal say manager Mikel Arteta has tested positive for coronavirus.
- 22:33 GMT – The Premier League announces it will hold “an emergency club meeting” on Friday to discuss future fixtures.