Norwich’s player will conduct a third coronavirus test this week
The Norwich player who tested positive for coronavirus last week has since returned a negative sample, the club’s sporting director Stuart Webber has said.
The player was one of two positive cases from 1,200 tests conducted across the Premier League and Sky Sports News can confirm he played in Friday’s behind-closed-doors friendly against Tottenham.
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He is now undertaking a seven-day period of self-isolation, which rules him out of Norwich’s Premier League game against Southampton this Friday.
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The Canaries have conducted their own private test with the player which has returned negative.
Speaking on the Beautiful Game podcast, Webber said: “Luckily the player in question is completely fine, 100 per cent, there’s nothing wrong with him.
Stuart Webber says the positive result was a ‘wake-up call’ that anyone could contract the virus
“He’s actually done an independent test with our doctor which has come back negative, which is confusing, so now he’s got to have a third test to see if that comes back negative and to check if he’s got antibodies which could prove that he has had it in the past but doesn’t have it now.
“The main thing is that he’s healthy and the rest of the group are healthy, but it’s a good wake-up call. We’ve done all of these measures and one of us could still get it, that’s quite scary really.”
Coronavirus test timeline – Premier League
R1 – Six positive after 748 tests. Published on May 19
R2 – Two positive after 996 tests. Published on May 23
R3 – Four positive after 1008 test. Published May 27
R4 – Zero positive after 1130 tests. Published May 30
R5 – One positive after 1197 tests. Published June 3
R6 – Zero positive after 1195. Published June 6
R7 – One positive after 1213 tests. Published June 10
R8 – Two positive after 1200 tests. Published June 13
Norwich beat Tottenham 2-1 on Friday, but players from either club who may have come in contact with the player will not have to self-isolate, as they are not deemed to have been in contact for long enough, according to government advice.
Close contact is defined by the government as being within two metres of someone who is a confirmed case for 15 minutes or more.
Speaking last week, Emma Paton confirms other players who may have come in contact with the Norwich player will not have to self-isolate
Tottenham have reiterated that the Norwich player had no “close contacts” with any of their squad members during Friday’s friendly fixture, and have confirmed that their playing and non-playing staff will not need to self-isolate for seven days.
The latest coronavirus testing results for Premier League clubs were from the eighth round, which took place across Thursday and Friday. The first seven rounds of Covid-19 testing returned 14 positives and 7,474 negatives.
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