Coronavirus: Norwich player one of two positive tests in Premier League

Player who tested positive featured in behind-closed-doors friendly against Tottenham on Friday; Spurs confirm no squad members will have to self-isolate

General view of Norwich City flag at Carrow Road

A Norwich player - and one other person at a Premier League club - has tested positive for coronavirus in the latest round of testing.

The player was one of two positive cases from 1,200 tests and Sky Sports News can confirm he played in Friday's behind-closed-doors friendly against Tottenham.

He must self-isolate for seven days, which rules him out of Norwich's Premier League game against Southampton this Friday.

A statement from Norwich read: "Norwich City can confirm that one of its players has returned a positive test result following the recent round of Covid-19 testing.

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

"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."

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.

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Close contact is defined by the Government as being within two metres of someone who is a confirmed case for 15 minutes or more.

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.

A club statement read: "We continue to operate within the strict guidelines outlined by the Premier League to ensure we avoid any risk of infection spreading should anyone else test positive, including practising social distancing so no 'close contacts' are created, which has been defined by Government as being within two metres of a confirmed case for 15 minutes or more.

Friday's friendly between Tottenham and Norwich took place behind-closed-doors at Hotspur Way
Image: Friday's friendly between Tottenham and Norwich took place behind-closed-doors at Hotspur Way

"This means that no other member of the squad or staff should be forced to self-isolate other than the person who returns a positive test result and their household members.

"The Norwich player in question has confirmed he had no 'close contacts' with our team yesterday and our squad has also verified this.

"Our testing has continued to return only negative results for COVID since one positive reading was confirmed almost two weeks ago."

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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.

A Premier League statement read: "The Premier League can today confirm that on Thursday, June 11 and Friday, June 12, 1200 players and club staff were tested for Covid-19. Of these, two have tested positive from two clubs.

"The Premier League is providing this aggregated information for the purposes of competition integrity and transparency. No specific details as to clubs or individuals will be provided by the League and results will be made public after each round of testing."

Top-flight action in England is scheduled to resume on Wednesday, when Aston Villa play Sheffield United and Manchester City face Arsenal.

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