Premier League clubs will reportedly shun pre-season tours to Asia amid the coronavirus outbreak.
A number of sides often make the trip to the Far East in preparation for a new campaign with visits to China, Malaysia and Singapore commonplace.
The coronavirus, which has now hit plenty of countries around the world, is believed to have been first identified in the Chinese city of Wuhan.
There have been a reported 80,000 cases of the virus in China with over 3,000 dead in the world’s most populated country.
And The Sun claim that the majority of Premier League clubs have ruled out the Far East as a destination they will visit this summer.
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It’s reported that of the 14 clubs who responded to requests, only one side did not rule out a trip to the Far East.
The Premier League have written to all 20 clubs in the division with the latest guidelines on dealing with coronavirus.
League chiefs are in regular contact with the government’s health experts, though fixtures are currently unaffected.
That’s in comparison to Italy’s top division Serie A, where games have been postponed or played behind closed doors.
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Liverpool released a statement on Thursday outlining their coronavirus plans, including no matchday mascots.
While in the Championship, coronavirus is causing havoc with Neil Harris’ plans for Cardiff City’s preparations for next season.
The Bluebirds were planning on a pre-season camp in Portugal but have had to put everything on hold for now.
Harris said: “I like to be organised and pre-season is a hot topic for us on the training ground.
“We need to find fixtures and, if we can’t travel abroad, then we will have to look at a different way of doing our pre-season.
“Planning is key to that and I want to be as well prepared and organised as possible.
“If you want good opposition, and to involve your fans, then you need to organise things as soon as possible.
“Ideally, for me, we would have done it last week. We had identified a training complex in Portugal, but that is now on the back burner.”
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