In developments that may place a wrench in the Premier League’s plans to resume the season next month, it emerged on Tuesday that six people from three clubs had tested positive for Covid-19 out of a sample of 748 individuals.
The mass tests were carried out on Sunday and Monday, according to reports, as small groups returned to Premier League training per protocol. From the tests conducted, the clubs which have been identified as presenting with the confirmed cases are Burnley and Watford.
Watford was the first side to confirm that a player and two staff members had tested positive but would not be naming those involved in view of medical confidentiality. Before this, however, Watford captain Troy Deeney said he would not return to training because he feared for his family’s health.
Burnley later announced that their assistant coach Ian Woan was among the confirmed cases. “In line with strict Premier League requirements and following a positive test, Ian will now self-isolate for a period of seven days, with a view to being tested again on Monday next week,” said Burnley in a statement.
The other two cases are at a third club, details of which have not been made public, but the players and staff who have tested positive will now self-isolate. “Players or club staff who have tested positive will now self-isolate for a period of seven days,” the league said in a statement. “The Premier League is providing this aggregated information for the purposes of competition integrity and transparency,” it added.