Chelsea and England midfielder Callum Hudson-Odoi has tested positive for coronavirus.
The news came a few hours after Arsenal coach Mikel Arteta had also been diagnosed with the virus.
Arsenal have closed their London Colney training centre as a result of Arteta receiving a positive COVID-19 result on Thursday evening.
Chelsea joined their London rivals as they also mentioned that their training facility will undergo “partial closure”.
In light of the news that Arteta and Hudson-Odo have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the Premier League (PL) said that they will “convene an emergency club meeting” on Friday morning regarding future fixtures.
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) March 13, 2020
Both the London based sides released statements.
Chelsea statement reads as follows:
“Chelsea men’s team player Callum Hudson-Odoi had a positive test result for Coronavirus returned this evening.
“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. 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.”
Club statement: COVID-19
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) March 12, 2020
Meanwhile Arteta expressed his disappointment after being diagnosed.
“Arsenal personnel who had recent close contact with Mikel will now self-isolate in line with Government health guidelines,”the club statement reads.
“We expect this to be a significant number of people from Colney, including the full first-team squad and coaching staff, as well as a smaller number of people from our Hale End Academy which we have also temporarily closed as a precaution.
“We expect those who did not have close contact with Mikel to return to work in the coming days.
“In the meantime, our Colney and Hale End training centres will undergo a deep clean and our other club sites are operating as normal.”
By FARPost Reporter