Football: Everton player self-isolates after reporting coronavirus symptoms

Football: Everton player self-isolates after reporting coronavirus symptoms

FILE PHOTO: Everton's Tom Davies (centre) and Chelsea's Cesar Azpilicueta (centre left) compete for the ball during the English Premier League football match. (Photo: AP/Matt Dunham)

LIVERPOOL, England: An Everton player is self-isolating after reporting symptoms of COVID-19, the Premier League club said on Friday (Mar 13).

"Everton Football Club can confirm that one member of the Everton first-team squad reported a high temperature last night and is now undertaking a period of self-isolation for seven days," the club said in a statement.

The development follows Arsenal's decision to isolate their squad and staff after manager Mikel Arteta tested positive for the coronavirus. Chelsea forward Callum Hudson-Odoi has also tested positive.

Everton did not name the player who reported symptoms.

The club initially said that its entire first-team squad and coaching staff were to self-isolate following medical advice, but later clarified otherwise

"In line with government guidelines no other players are self-isolating at this stage," the club said, adding that its USM training facility has been closed as a precaution and that its staff, including players, have been advised to stay away from all its sites until further notice.

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All elite football matches in England, including the Premier League, were suspended until Apr 4 on Friday due to the coronavirus pandemic, English football's governing bodies said in a joint statement.

The "unanimous" decision was made in a meeting on Friday.

"In this unprecedented situation, we are working closely with our clubs, government, the FA and EFL and can reassure everyone the health and welfare of players, staff and supporters are our priority," said Premier League chief executive Richard Masters. 

"Above all, we wish Mikel Arteta and Callum Hudson-Odoi speedy recoveries, and everyone else affected by COVID-19." 

Everton were scheduled to host league leaders and Merseyside rivals Liverpool on Monday.

Top European leagues such as Italy's Serie A and Spain's La Liga have already been suspended after players either tested positive for the coronavirus or were quarantined.

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Source: Reuters/lk