Report: New twist after Norwich player tested positive for COVID-19 after Spurs friendly

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Dom Le Roy

It was reported after Tottenham’s friendly against Norwich City last Friday that one Canaries star had tested positive for COVID-19 (BBC Sport).

Spurs reportedly found out about the positive test after the match but confirmed that none of their players had come into ‘close contact’ with the Norwich man in question.

Following this, none of Tottenham’s players tested positive in the latest round of testing last week and have thus been given the green light for the game against Manchester United on Friday (Telegraph).

The North Londoners had cancelled a friendly that they had planned to play against Reading on Saturday after they received news that there had been positive tests at the Championship club too.

There now appears to be another twist in the saga as Norwich sporting director, Stuart Webber, has revealed that the player in question had given a negative result in a second test.

He revealed that the player is now awaiting a result of a third antibody test to establish if he had the virus.

Webber told The Beautiful Game Podcast (as relayed by Football.London): “Luckily the player in question is completely fine.

“There is nothing wrong with him. He has actually done an independent test with our club doctor which has come back negative. Which is confusing.

“So now he has to have a third test to see if that comes back negative and to check if he has any antibodies, which could perhaps prove he had it in the past but doesn’t have it right now.

“It is all very scientific, but the main thing is he is healthy and so is the rest of the group.

“But it is a good wake up call that even with all these measures in place one of us can still get it.

“That is quite scary.”

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It is worth noting that almost every single professional footballer who has tested positive over the various leagues, appears to be asymptomatic. That is not all that surprising considering elite level athletes are unlikely to have any comorbidity issues. So far, the incredibly low percentage of positive tests among Premier League players and staff is an extremely positive sign. With COVID-19 cases continuing to fall in the UK, the prospects of finishing the season look good as things stand.

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