EPL: No positive cases from latest COVID-19 tests

Tanya Simon
June 3, 2020

With Manchester City-Arsenal and Aston Villa-Sheffield United set to kickstart the league resumption in just over two weeks' time, it means that any player from those clubs that tests positive on Tuesday would nearly certainly be forced to sit out their return to action.

Further positive news came from Bournemouth goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale said on Saturday night on Twitter that he was "out of isolation after my Covid-19 test came back negative".

While clubs and fans are hoping to see the remaining 92 Premier League fixtures played out without a hitch, the prospect of a second spike in the transmission of the virus leaves the threat of curtailment still hanging over the campaign.

The latest round was the first to take place since clubs unanimously agreed a return to contact training, and the last before the government gave the all-clear for live competitive sport to return behind closed doors in the United Kingdom on Monday.

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A statement read: "The Premier League can today confirm that on Thursday May 28 and Friday May 29, 1,130 players and club staff were tested for COVID-19". In City's case, that look to include just half a dozen league clubs - Peterborough, Cambridge, Stevenage, Southend, Colchester - and Ipswich Town.

It said that the "aggregated information" rather than specific details was being provided for the purposes of "competition integrity and transparency".

A total of 1,130 players and club personnel were tested in the fourth screening session, which took place on Thursday and Friday with the news being a positive one as the Premier League seek to return to action on June 17. "Of these, zero have tested positive". And all this while, the authorities have been continuously testing the staff and the players from all the 20 clubs.

There were four positive cases.

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