Paul Pogba has become the latest high-profile player to test positive for coronavirus, as the new season could be left in chaos.
Manchester United star Pogba is now facing the prospect of ten days of self-isolation and could miss the start of the Premier League campaign after a series of new cases.
England coach Gareth Southgate’s preparations for the Nations League double-game with Iceland and Denmark are also seriously threatened with players returning from vacation amid a worrying new outbreak.
It is understood that three named players to Southgate’s squad have tested positive and must hope they have enough time to isolate and self-quarantine before England meet on Monday.
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard also saw his preseason plans hit hard after it was revealed that EIGHT players contracted the virus or self-isolated.
England couple Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham along with Fikayo Tomori and Christian Pulisic are having to isolate themselves while Jorginho, Ross Barkley, Emerson and Michy Batshuayi are in quarantine.
Mount, Pulisic, Abraham and Tomori have been on vacation on the Greek island of Mykonos, which has been a very popular destination for Premier League stars this summer and yet has also led to a sharp increase in cases.
Tottenham midfielder Tanguy Ndombele also tested positive, while France’s national team confirmed Pogba’s absence after he was left out of their team for the Nations League.
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Pogba had been photographed in London last weekend and a statement from United said: “Paul has been replaced in the French team after testing positive for Covid-19. Everyone at United wishes him a speedy recovery before the new season. “
Other clubs also report that players have to report late after being quarantined, as has been the case at Arsenal, including goalkeeper Emiliano Martínez, who was on vacation in Portugal before the 14-day period was lifted. .
It is a huge concern for the clubs and also for the Premier League because they have clearly left the safety of their own clubs and been exposed to greater risk during their holidays.
The Premier League conducted more than 22,000 tests during Project Restart last season that returned only 20 positive cases.
Formal testing has yet to be restarted, but clubs are doing their thing and dozens could be left concerned if they have the virus or if they will have to isolate themselves. Up to seven clubs are believed to have indicated they may have cases since returning from preseason training.
The tests will only be done once a week instead of two from now on, any player will have to observe a ten day quarantine if they test positive and will only be able to return to training two days after giving a negative test.
Now the Premier League will tell each club to carry out their own strict reports with their players to remind them of their responsibilities and about social distancing, as the virus is on the rise again in football now that they have emerged from the security bubble. .