Coronavirus: Two Fulham players test positive after latest round of testing

Two players from Fulham have tested positive for coronavirus.

The EFL on Thursday confirmed that three individuals from two Championship clubs had tested positive for the disease, after a second round of testing ahead of the resumption of the 2019/20 season.

The positive results come from 1,030 players and club staff at 24 Championship clubs, who were tested over the course of Monday 25, Tuesday 26 and Wednesday 27 May.

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In a statement the EFL said: “Those players or Club staff who have tested positive will now self-isolate in line with the guidelines provided by the EFL and only those who have tested negative will be permitted to enter training ground facilities.

“The EFL will continue to make regular and relevant announcements as appropriate in respect of the testing programme to support competition integrity and transparency.

“No specific details as to Clubs or individuals will be provided by the League.”

However, Fulham quickly announced that two of their players had tested positive.

“Both players, who shall remain unnamed due to medical confidentiality, are now self-isolating in line with league and government guidance,” the west London club said in a statement.

An earlier round of tests reflected an almost identical ratio to those reported in the Premier League’s second wave of testing, with two players and staff testing positive from a total of 1,014.

On Sunday it was announced that the two people who had tested positive were both from Hull City.

“Medical confidentiality means the names will not be disclosed, and the club asks for this to be respected,” a club statement read.

“The duo, who are both asymptomatic and feeling no ill effects, will now self-isolate for seven days – in line with the protocols set out in EFL guidelines – before being tested again at a later date.

“The Club will continue to liaise closely with the affected personnel and will make no further comment.”

Players at Championship clubs were allowed to return to training on Monday – the first step towards the potential resumption of the second-tier season.

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