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Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi tests positive for coronavirus

Hull City v Chelsea FC - FA Cup Fourth Round

HULL, ENGLAND - JANUARY 25: Callum Hudson-Odoi of Chelsea during the Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round match between Hull City and Chelsea at KCOM Stadium on January 25, 2020 in Hull, England. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images)

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19-year-old Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi joined Mikel Arteta as the first two known Premier League figures to test positive for coronavirus, the west London club announced on Thursday, just hours after the north London side confirmed their manager had also contracted the virus.

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Below are key excerpts from the club’s statement, which you can read in full here:

Chelsea men’s team player Callum Hudson-Odoi had a positive test result for Coronavirus returned this evening. Chelsea personnel who had recent close contact with the player in the men’s team building will now self-isolate in line with Government health guidelines. These will include initially the full men’s team squad, coaching staff and a number of backroom staff.

It is expected that those who did not have close contact with Callum will return to work in the coming days. In the meantime, the men’s team building, one of several separate buildings at our training ground, will remain closed. The rest of our training facility, Stamford Bridge and our other facilities are operating as normal.

Callum displayed symptoms similar to a mild cold on Monday morning and has not been at the training ground since then as a precaution. However, his test came in positive this evening and he will undergo a period of self-isolation. Despite testing positive for the virus, Callum is doing well and looking forward to returning to the training ground as soon as it is possible.

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