Last week AFC Bournemouth, along with all of the other 19 Premier League clubs returned to training for the first time since the Coronavirus pandemic saw football in the UK suspended back in March.
Despite a lot of discussion regarding how the Premier League 2019/20 season could be decided if it was curtailed with nine games remaining, the Premier League has continued to push ahead of project restart.
The current position sees players all train in small groups, maintaining social distancing with no contact between players allowed. They will also be tested twice a week.
During the first round of testing, no AFC Bournemouth players or staff tested positive for Covid-19 and Arnaut Danjuma spoke to talkSPORT radio about the process of how the testing works.
As quoted by the Daily Echo, Danjuma said…
“To be honest it has been a bit weird. Twice a week, we’ve had the coronavirus test, which is horrible. The testing is horrible.
“They put something deep in your throat and something deep in your nose like they are almost tickling your brain.
“I’ll go to the training. I have 15 minutes of preparation. Once you’ve come out of the training you go into the gym with a small amount of persons, so a small group.
“Afterwards you will go straight outside with social distancing as well.
“There are little containers where you put your GPS trackers and stuff like that because you’ve been sweating in them.
“You go back into the gym with social distancing as well. Then you just go straight in your car and that’s it. You will eat lunch, shower and do the rest at home.”
During the second round of testing, after the majority of the squad had returned to training, AFC Bournemouth confirmed that one player has now tested positive for Covid-19.
In a short statement on the official website, the Cherries stated…
AFC Bournemouth can confirm that one of its players has tested positive for Covid-19, following the club’s second round of testing.
Medical confidentiality means the player’s name will not be disclosed, and the club asks for this to be respected.
In line with Premier League protocols regarding positive tests, he will self-isolate for a period of seven days before being tested again at a later date.
Following strict adherence of the Premier League’s return to training regulations, the club’s training ground remains a safe working environment for players and backroom staff, who will continue to be tested for Covid-19 twice per week.
Bournemouth have confirmed one of their players tested positive for coronavirus in the Premier League's second round of testing.
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) May 24, 2020
This could now happen with more clubs as testing goes on.
The only good thing about this is the player may not have been showing symptoms or being unwell and it has been spotted before the chance of spreading further.
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