Premier League: Eight positive coronavirus cases in latest testing

Burnley confirm Phil Bardsley missed Monday's draw with West Brom after positive test; Five positive tests returned in previous week

WROXTON, ENGLAND - MAY 01:  Nike Premier League Strike Football photographed on May 01, 2020 in Wroxton, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom. No Premier League matches have been played since March 9th due to the Coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic. (Photo by VISIONHAUS)

The Premier League has confirmed eight positive coronavirus tests have been returned from the latest round of testing.

In a statement, the league confirmed 1,575 players and staff were tested between Monday, October 12 and Sunday, October 18.

Burnley have confirmed defender Phil Bardsley missed their goalless draw with West Brom on Monday due to a positive test.

Bardsley and the other unnamed individuals who have tested positive from the latest round of testing will self-isolate for a period of 10 days.

Phil Bardsley has extended his Burnley contract
Image: Phil Bardsley missed Monday's draw with West Brom after returning a positive test

Five positive tests were returned last week, between Monday, October 5 and Sunday, October 11.

Previous Premier League test results

31 August-6 September - 1,605 tested, with three positives

7-13 September - 2,131 tested, with four positives

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14-20 September - 1,574 tested, with three positives

21-27 September - 1,595 tested, with 10 positives

28 September-4 October - 1,587 tested, with nine positives

5-11 October - 1,128 tested, with five positives

12-18 October - 1,575 test, with eight positives

'Angry' Rooney tests negative but will miss Derby games

In the Championship, Derby's Wayne Rooney has revealed he has tested negative for coronavirus but is "angry and disappointed" he now has to self-isolate and miss their next three matches.

Rooney was at the centre of a coronavirus confusion after being visited by a friend who had been instructed to be tested for Covid-19 and was later found to have the infection.

Wayne Rooney
Image: Wayne Rooney will miss Derby's next three matches after being visited by a friend who was later found to have the infection

In the initial report from The Sun it was said the former England captain - now player-coach at Sky Bet Championship side Derby - was "seething" after infected entrepreneur Josh Bardsley visited him on Thursday to give him a watch.

Rooney, who was unaware of any Covid-related concerns connected with Bardsley and played in Derby's 1-0 home loss to Watford on Friday a day after the visit, has now revealed he has tested negative for the virus.

He tweeted: "Just received the news that my covid-19 test has shown I do not have the virus. Delighted for myself and family but obviously angry and disappointed that I now have to self-isolate and miss vital games for @dcfcofficial."

Government guidelines say anyone who has been in contact with a person who has tested positive must self-isolate for 14 days.

It means Rooney will miss Derby's next three matches - including Tuesday's Championship game at Huddersfield live on Sky Sports Football Red Button - but may return in time for the trip to Bournemouth on October 31.

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