Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi has become the first Premier League player to test positive for coronavirus. Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is self-isolating after also testing positive for the virus. Arsenal’s game against Brighton on Saturday has been postponed but there has been no decision on Aston Villa’s game against Chelsea on the same day.
The Premier League will hold “an emergency club meeting” on Friday to discuss future fixtures. BBC Sport understands one possible outcome is that the league is suspended for two weekends until the scheduled international break later this month, but abandonment of the season is unlikely at this stage.
All clubs must be in agreement for any action to be taken and government officials are also being kept informed. The EFL’s board is meeting on Friday to make a decision on this weekend’s fixtures and beyond, and is likely to follow the Premier League’s decision.
Chelsea say Hudson-Odoi “displayed symptoms similar to a mild cold on Monday morning” and stayed away from the the training ground.