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Premier League confirm EIGHT players or staff have tested positive for coronavirus during this week


Premier League confirm EIGHT new positive coronavirus cases among players and staff over the past week… with Burnley’s Phil Bardsley and Crystal Palace striker Jordan Ayew among those affected

  • Eight Premier League players or staff have tested positive for Covid-19 this week 
  • England’s top-flight had tested 1,575 in the week commencing October 12 
  • Burnley’s Phil Bardsley and Crystal Palace’s Jordan Ayew are among the eight 

The Premier League has confirmed that eight players and members of club staff have tested positive for coronavirus over the past week.

England’s top-flight had 1,575 members tested between Monday October 12 and Sunday October 18. Monday’s figure is up from the five players and staff who tested positive the previous week.

Those eight players or club staff must isolate for a period of 10 days, meaning they will not be allowed to take part in match preparations.  

The Premier League says eight players or staff have tested positive for Covid-19 this week

The Premier League says eight players or staff have tested positive for Covid-19 this week

Burnley defender Phil Bardsley (above) is believed to be among the eight positive players

Burnley defender Phil Bardsley (above) is believed to be among the eight positive players

It was a week where several Premier League players went off on international duty with their respective countries, before returning to club action over the weekend. 

It was announced on Sunday that Crystal Palace striker Jordan Ayew tested positive for Covid-19 after returning from international duty with Ghana, but the 29-year-old revealed he was asymptomatic. 

The forward did not take part in the Eagles’ 1-1 draw with south of England rivals Brighton on Sunday afternoon. 

Burnley full-back Phil Bardsley, who missed the Clarets’ goalless draw with West Brom on Monday, is also known to be among the eight. 

It was revealed over the weekend that Crystal Palace's Jordan Ayew (above) also has Covid-19

It was revealed over the weekend that Crystal Palace’s Jordan Ayew (above) also has Covid-19

Also this week, some parts of the country were moved up a tier in the UK Government’s hierarchy for coronavirus restrictions. 

Areas in the north west such as Liverpool, Lancashire, Lancaster and Burnley were moved into the first tier, which means the highest level of restrictions are active in these areas.

Other areas, such as London, Manchester, Birmingham and Newcastle, were moved into tier 2, which does not allow the mixing of separate households indoors. 

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