Norwich player tests positive for coronavirus as Premier League confirms two Covid-19 cases in latest round of testing

With the return of England’s top flight just days away, two more individuals have tested positive for the coronavirus

Two individuals at two Premier League clubs have tested positive for Covid-19 after the latest round of testing.

Norwich have confirmed that one of the two positive cases is one of their players, and that the player in question will now self-isolate for seven days.

A total of 1,200 tests were carried out over June 11 and June 12, ahead of the league’s return to action on June 17.

The new confirmed tests take the total of positive cases to 16, from 8,687 tests carried out. It is a slight increase on the recent number of positive tests, with the previous four rounds of testing having returned just two positive cases between them.

Norwich are set to return to action with a home fixture against Southampton on Friday, June 19, meaning the player in question will miss their first game back.

A statement from the Canaries said: “In line with the Premier League’s protocols, the player will now self-isolate for a period of seven days before being tested again at a later date.

“The player must return a negative test result before being able to resume training.

“The club will not name the player in question and asks that his request for privacy and confidentiality are respected at this time.”

Before Norwich’s game, Aston Villa host Sheffield United and Arsenal travel to Manchester City, as the Premier League’s ‘Project Restart’ plans finally come to fruition.

Liverpool are just six points away from claiming their first league title in 30 years, and their first of the Premier League era.

Most teams have nine games remaining, with Norwich currently rock-bottom of the table, six points from safety.

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Aston Villa, Bournemouth, Watford, West Ham and Brighton are the other teams in immediate danger, with just eight points separating the bottom six teams.

When play resumes, it will have been over three months since the last ball was kicked in the Premier League.

Leicester’s 4-0 win over Aston Villa on March 9 was the last Premier League game before the lockdown came into effect, though Liverpool controversially hosted Atletico Madrid in the Champions League two days after that.

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