Chelsea’s winger becomes the first Premier League player tested positive with Coronavirus


Callum Hudson-Odai

English and Chelsea’s winger Callum Hudson-Odai tested positive with coronavirus, becomes the first Premier League player to suffer.

Prior to the detection of Hudson-Odai, Chelsea’s players, coaching and supporting staff were instructed to keep themselves isolated amidst the chaos, Callum Hudson-Odoi became the first Premier League player confirmed to have the new coronavirus late on Thursday.

There are news making rounds in context to the existence of the weekend’s matches after Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta was also tested positive, and later compelling their team into lockdown.

A club statement 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 the backroom staff.”

According to Chelsea, they would be discussing with the Premier League officials on Friday about the whole situation, their upcoming matches that are supposed to commence from Sunday wherein they will be facing Aston Villa,

Whereas two of the major Arsenal’s fixtures, that is Wednesday’s game at Manchester City, and an away match to Brighton on Saturday — have already been abandoned because of the virus.

Speaking of Callum Hudson-Odoi, the winger was seen having cold symptoms on Monday morning and has stayed away from the club since then and later his test result was returned on Thursday night declaring him positive.

The club said despite testing positive, the 19-year-old was “doing well and looking forward to returning to the training ground as soon as it is possible”.

Apart from English Premier, on Thursday, Spain’s La Liga postponed its competition after Real Madrid players were placed in quarantine, while Uefa, European football’s governing body, is holding crisis talks next week where it will discuss the suspension of continental tournaments.