Chelsea Football Club Winger, Callum Hudson-Odoi, has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, officially known as COVID-19.
This was disclosed in a club statement in the early hours of Friday.
The statement said the winger had symptoms similar to a mild cold on Monday and had been kept away from training ground as a precaution before his test came out positive Thursday evening.
The club added that he is “doing well” and “looking forward to returning to the training ground as soon as it is possible”.
The rest of the men’s squad, coaching staff and a number of backroom staff have now gone into self-isolation.
“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,” the club statement said.
Chelsea Winger, Callum Hudson-Odoi
“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 19-year-old is the first English premier league player to be confirmed to suffer from the virus.
Arsenal Head Coach, Mikel Arteta was also on Thursday evening confirmed to have tested positive for the virus.