Sheffield United have confirmed a number of positive coronavirus tests just hours before their trip to Burnley, although the game continues.
The news comes just a day after Everton vs Manchester City were canceled when the away team received several positive COVID-19 tests themselves.
The Blades announced this worrying development in a statement posted on the club’s official website.
“Sheffield United can confirm that the club have recorded a number of positive coronavirus tests after the latest round of testing,” he began.
“Due to medical confidentiality, the club will not reveal the names of people who have been affected. People who have tested positive have now entered a period of self-isolation in accordance with Premier League and government guidelines.
“Earlier today, the Premier League confirmed 18 positive coronavirus tests – the highest number for the season to date. Everyone at Sheffield United wishes to send our best wishes to our colleagues and wishes them a speedy recovery. ”
Chris Wilder’s side are set to face Burnley later today and this game should go ahead. The game sees the 17th take on the 20th and the result could have major implications in the image of relegation.
In the latest round of coronavirus tests, covering the period from December 21 to 27, Premier League clubs returned 18 positive tests. This is the highest number since mass testing began this summer. Further down the football pyramid, the coronavirus has also affected the list of matches.
In Ligue 1, seven of the 12 scheduled meetings for Tuesday have been postponed, while games have also been lost in the league and in Ligue two. The non-league has also been decimated with almost all divisions below the National League forced to indefinite hiatus due to the pandemic.