With matches in England set to resume in a week after a three-month break due to the pandemic, 14 players or staff have been found to be carrying the virus, which has infected close to 300,000 people in the UK with over 41,000 losing their lives.
The latest round of testing took place on June 8 and 9, with 1,213 players and club staff tested – the most extensive of the seven rounds to date.
- It was the seventh round of testing since the teams began training in which 1213 players and club staff were tested on Monday and Tuesday.
The first six rounds of COVID-19 testing returned 13 positives and 6,261 negatives with other players having recovered from the virus.
While not confirming the team or the player affected, the results come a day after Manchester United canceled their friendly clash against Championship Side Stoke City after manager Michael O’Neill tested positive for COVID-19.
The sides were due to meet at United’s Carrington training center but the match was immediately abandoned without kicking a ball when the Northern Irishman tested positive, with United insisting none of their squad came into contact with him.
A lot of teams are already planning for friendlies despite the positive tests with the Premier League scheduled to resume on June 17, when Aston Villa play Sheffield United and Manchester City face Arsenal.