Chelsea are on total lockdown after winger, Callum Hudson-Odoi tested positive to the Coronavirus.
The Englishman is said to have experienced mild symptoms on Monday and kept away from the dest of the squad. Still, all support staff and coaches of the team are now set to self-isolate putting the Blues’ weekend game with Aston Villa in doubt.
The 19-year-old was sent home on Monday morning from their Cobham training ground after he showed signs of a cold.
Although he has not been back at the training ground since that incident, Chelsea insists that their training facilities and main buildings will be on a lockdown.
This news comes barely hours after Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta also tested positive to the Coronavirus.
Following that news confirmation, the game between the North London club and Bournemouth has been postponed with all members of the squad placed in isolation, as well as the training ground closed.
In like manner, it is very likely that Chelsea’s anticipated Premier League clash with Bournemouth will be called off as well.
A statement on the club’s website in regards to this news 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 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 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.”