Covid-19 cases are still cropping up in England’s top-flight just four days before the season is due to finally restart.
It means there have now been 16 positive cases from the 8,687 tests carried out on Premier League players and staff to date.
Of the 1,200 coronavirus tests from the Premier League’s eighth round, two positive cases were found, including one being a Norwich City player, with the season resuming on Wednesday
And since teams returned to work last month, safety protocols were enforced at training grounds up and down the country.
The Premier League have confirmed that the eighth round of coronavirus tests have come back with two positive results from two different clubs, with one being Norwich City.
The 2019/20 Premier League campaign has been suspended since mid-March due to the global pandemic.
Aston Villa host Sheffield United on Wednesday at 6pm with Manchester City welcoming Arsenal to the Etihad at 8.15pm the same night.
But coronavirus still remains a threat with less than a week until the first matches get the Premier League back underway.
The two games in hand will be played first so that all clubs sit on 29 matches played going into the first full round of fixtures next weekend.
The Bundesliga’s return since mid-May has been a success, while La Liga got back underway in Spain this week too.
Fans will be staying away from stadiums for the foreseeable future to help combat the spread of Covid-19 in the UK and help ensure player safety.
The hope remains that the season will be completed without any further substantial disruption from the virus.
With the latest positive results, one came from a Norwich player, as the club confirmed: “Norwich City can confirm that one of its players has returned a positive test result following the recent round of Covid-19 testing.
“In line with the Premier League’s protocols, the player will now self-isolate for a period of seven days before being tested again at a later date. The player must return a negative test result before being able to resume training.
Norwich beat Tottenham, who play Manchester United next weekend, 2-1 in a friendly on Friday.
However, players from neither club who may have come in contact with the player will have to self-isolate as they will not have deemed to have been in contact for long enough, according to Government advice.
“The club will not name the player in question and asks that his request for privacy and confidentiality are respected at this time.”