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Chelsea squad self-isolate as Hudson-Odoi tests positive for coronavirus

The spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) throughout Premier League personnel increased in the early hours of Friday morning, with Chelsea the latest club to be hit.

The Blues announced via a statement on their website that Callum Hudson-Odoi (£5.3m) had tested positive for the virus and that their training facility would undergo a partial closure.

Crucially, in line with government health guidelines, Chelsea personnel who had recent close contact with Hudson-Odoi, which includes the full first-team squad, will now also enter into a period of self-isolation.

“Chelsea men’s team player Callum Hudson-Odoi had a positive test result for Coronavirus returned this evening. Chelsea personnel who had recent close contact with the player in the men’s team building will now self-isolate in line with Government health guidelines. These will include initially the full men’s team squad, coaching staff and a number of backroom staff.” – Chelsea statement

Hudson-Odoi becomes the first Premier League player to be announced as having contracted COVID-19 but the virus had already hit Arsenal late on Thursday.

The Gunners announced that manager Mikel Arteta had tested positive for COVID-19 and that their full senior squad would also self-isolate.

Shortly after, Brighton confirmed that their Gameweek 30 meeting with Arsenal was postponed.

No announcement has been made about Chelsea’s scheduled fixture with Aston Villa, although this is expected to be postponed as well.

The football community now awaits the results of an emergency Premier League meeting on Friday morning.

The league had officially stated on Thursday evening that all matches would go ahead as planned this weekend, although this was less than an hour before the Arteta news broke.

In response to that, the Premier League’s hand was clearly forced and an emergency meeting scheduled.

What to do if you think you might have coronavirus*

If you think you might have coronavirus or you’ve been in close contact with someone who has it:

  • stay at home and avoid close contact with other people
  • do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital
  • use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do next

The 111 coronavirus service will tell you if you need to continue to stay at home (self-isolate) or if you need medical help.

* Information taken from the official NHS website.

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  1. IRBOX ⚽
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 19 days ago

    29 GW’s of careful planning and tinkering for N/A.. brilliant

    1. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 19 days ago

      But you never sold Nick Pope. That's something.

    2. Earthling
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 19 days ago

      You're 367,000, without the Mane TC fail!

      Your last three seasons were good though.

      1. IRBOX ⚽
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 19 days ago

        How is that relevant?

        1. Earthling
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 19 days ago

          It sounded like you were... 50,000 or higher.

          1. IRBOX ⚽
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 19 days ago

            I wasn’t complaining.. I’m glad the season will be abandoned. BUT, what a waste of time and effort

    3. Trophé Mourinho
        2 months, 19 days ago

        It’s postponed not abandoned stop chatting crap thanks

        1. IRBOX ⚽
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 19 days ago

          Cute that you think there is a difference

    4. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 19 days ago

      Let the slow message boards and inane trivia posts commence!

      1. Fulchester's New Centr…
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 19 days ago

        Imagine being David Munday. What is he going to have to come up with over the next few weeks/months?

    5. United 99 4Ever
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 19 days ago

      just waking up in the US....what is going on with games this weekend?

      1. HamezMace
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 19 days ago

        You picked a good time to wake up

      2. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 19 days ago

        Dig in. World's ending

    6. Jafooli
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 19 days ago

      BREAKING: Premier League and EFL look set to announce both will be suspended until at least Apr 4th, when situation will be reviewed. Hearing EFL board agreed on this unanimously. Premier League meeting happening in 10 mins when clubs will be urged to follow suit

      1. IRBOX ⚽
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 19 days ago

        Pigeons running your post?

      2. XabiAlonso
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 19 days ago

        Also set to announce that Man city scientists created this virus to try and stop Liverpool winning the league

        1. Jarvish Scott Talent
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 19 days ago

          Zinchenkovid?

    7. Bossworld
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 19 days ago

      Third wildcard anyone?

      1. potatoace'scott talent
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 19 days ago

        Hope not.

      2. Joburger
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 19 days ago

        Nah. Still haven't used my 2nd one.

        1. Bossworld
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 19 days ago

          I've not used mine either, colleague floated the idea. I'd be annoyed.

    8. quayle99
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 19 days ago

      its official
      No Prem till April 3rd at least

      1. TheDragon
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 19 days ago

        0% chance it restarts then - absolute best case would be may/June and I think that is hugely optimistic

        1. Concrete
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 19 days ago

          How long has it taken China to control?

          Two weeks?

          1. TheDragon
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 19 days ago

            The UK has not taken the same preventative measures as China and has a very different path. UK is similar to Italy in terms of the virus

            You are incredibly mis-informed if you think the UK will have it under control in 2 weeks. It’s still going to be getting much worse in 2 weeks

            1. Concrete
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 19 days ago

              Because it doesn’t need to

            2. Danno - Emre Canada
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 19 days ago

              Yep, cant compare us to China, us Brits would not accept the policies that China has undertaken even if it worked.

        2. jtreble
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 19 days ago

          100% chance it restarts. One big reason: money. GL. 🙂

          1. TheDragon
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 19 days ago

            Not on 4th April it won’t. Maybe much alter this summer

      2. threeputt
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 19 days ago

        sensible move imo

    9. G Banger
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 19 days ago

      See you in a few weeks / months FPL

    10. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 19 days ago

      So it's kind of like a 3 week international break
      Anyone activating WC to benefit from price changes? 😀

      1. BNMC
          2 months, 19 days ago

          Who knows if the sason will even resume?

      2. In a Rush
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 19 days ago

        That’s all folks

      3. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 19 days ago

        Just for the record. I would have won that mini-league and you would have won yours

        1. HamezMace
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 19 days ago

          If Berbs is about....he knows this!

          1. Berbinho's Forehead
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 19 days ago

            😀

        2. BenjoBD
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 19 days ago

          Yeah. I was only 80 points behind with 9 to go with no WC. Piece of Pizz

        3. Fulchester's New Centr…
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 19 days ago

          Thanks Ritchie. World seems a bit brighter already.

          1. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 19 days ago

            Maybe I should just change name to Ritchie. Hmm...
            Bottom fan?

            1. Fulchester's New Centr…
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 19 days ago

              British and of the right kind of age rather than a massive fan, but a Rik Mayall marathon (obvs. excluding Drop Dead Fred) might be an decent option for self-isolation.

        4. thegaffer82
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 19 days ago

          I was all set up for a unprecedented assault on the number one spot in the game - climbing from my 500k plus OR.

          Oh well, I'll just have to win it next season instead...

      4. BenjoBD
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 19 days ago

        That's it Folks see you on the other side. No way it will start up again in April.

        1. Concrete
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 19 days ago

          Why?

          1. BenjoBD
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 19 days ago

            Because if we are an expected 10-12 weeks from the peak as has been suggested then why would they start up again as it's worsening? This is just 3 weeks to work out what happens next. Expect the Euro's to be cancelled and the Leagues to be played out June/July.

      5. BNMC
          2 months, 19 days ago

          I feel bad for Magnus...

        • United 99 4Ever
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 19 days ago

          so Apr 3 will be GW 30?

          1. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 19 days ago

            Don't 🙂

          2. potatoace'scott talent
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 19 days ago

            Nobody knows yet. Will be interesting to see.

          3. BenjoBD
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 19 days ago

            No chance. It would of made more sense to play as much as they could over the next few weeks then start up again in 4. Summer football when its died down is on the cards.

        • 1912 F.A Cup Winners
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 19 days ago

          Blank gameweek decisions and planning resolved!!

          1. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 19 days ago

            *31

        • Fulchester's New Centr…
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 19 days ago

          Pogba knew this would all happen. That's why he didn't bother with this season.

        • Little Red Lacazette
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 19 days ago

          If PL is canceled completely after the 3rd of April, does the current OR 1 get the prizes?

          1. HamezMace
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 19 days ago

            I hope so, seems a nice guy

          2. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 19 days ago

            Hope he does!! He’s one of our own!!

          3. Weasel Boy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 19 days ago

            Surely just picks up from where it left off.

          4. IRBOX ⚽
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 19 days ago

            Definitely not. Season would be void if incomplete. An uneven advantage cannot be given to those who have deployed their chips early

            1. Little Red Lacazette
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 19 days ago

              Why definitely? Think it could go either way.

              1. IRBOX ⚽
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 19 days ago

                That’s irrational and illogical

            2. faux_C
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 19 days ago

              This is literally based on nothing. Wind your neck in.

              1. IRBOX ⚽
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 19 days ago

                You have issues son

            3. RedLightning - The Last Ten…
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 19 days ago

              Current world number one has not used any of his chips apart from the first wildcard.
              He still has TC, BB, FH and second WC available to play.

          5. Jarvish Scott Talent
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 19 days ago

            Tickets to a PL match that may never happen?

          6. jtreble
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 19 days ago

            Yes.

        • Premier League Season suspended until 4th April
          Rotation's Alter Ego
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 19 days ago

          Officially confirmed - The Premier League season has been suspended until the 4th April.

          https://www.premierleague.com/news/1645173

        • Silecro
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 19 days ago

          so we have two summer breaks this season? like one wasnt bad enough

          1. Fulchester's New Centr…
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 19 days ago

            More like a spring break.
            In American movies they look a lot of fun.

            1. Silecro
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 19 days ago

              true,they do. Still miss those American Pie parties

          2. The UnderFKtaker
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 19 days ago

            Reply fail...

            I dont see how things can resume until after the peak n by then contracts will be expiring and pre season will be upon us...

            Eg. Lets say spurs vs man utd is rearranged for the 1st week of May and Martial, Bruno, De Gea, Ole, Maguire have yet to contract the virus....they could all miss that game.

            It could relegate a team who are forced to play reserves for a month...

            Strange times

            Ps. Anyone who does the draft grab kane son rashford etc while you can!

            1. InSaneMan-e
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 19 days ago

              If euros are postponed until 2021 (which it will be) the season can continue until late in the summer. New season would start much later than usual. But if all of Europe's major leagues do it it could work

          3. NorwichCityLad
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 19 days ago

            I'm pleased I need a break from it

        • Weasel Boy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 19 days ago

          Suspended.

          Bout time really.

          1. GunnerStorm
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 19 days ago

            Inevitable.

        • diesel001
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 19 days ago

          Good thread that tries to simplify the maths behind UK Government decision-making:

          https://twitter.com/wtgowers/status/1238395750360461312?s=20

          1. Fulchester's New Centr…
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 19 days ago

            Interesting stuff. Thanks for this.

        • GunnerStorm
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 19 days ago

          #WorldIsolation.
          It's the only way.
          🙂

          1. HamezMace
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 19 days ago

            Haha, how do you go about world isolation? Only so many private islands to go round

        • Jafooli
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 19 days ago

          Re-set our FPL points to zero and start again for final games. Only fair way forward.

          1. Gobigorgohome
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 19 days ago

            huh

            1. Jafooli
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 19 days ago

              Just been announced..

          2. PlumaPiedra
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 19 days ago

            Agree.

          3. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 19 days ago

            With same squads, players, TV's & chips as pre-reset?

            Or reset everything back to GW1 levels (budget, prices, chips etc)

            Or something in between?

        • FourLokoLeipzig
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 19 days ago

          Just looked at my team for the first time this week. Seeing players’ fixtures disappear reminded me of when Marty McFly was gradually disappearing from that photo. Ominous times...

          1. Weasel Boy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 19 days ago

            LoL

          2. Silecro
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 19 days ago

            or more recently: Thanos's decimation

        • FOO FIGHTER
            2 months, 19 days ago

            I mailed FPL days ago and here is the reply I received from them 🙂

            Thank you for your time writing in and expressing your feedback and ideas.

            "We really appreciate hearing from keen FPL managers like yourself, and so your e-mail has been forwarded to the design team for review."

            1. Berbinho's Forehead
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 19 days ago

              You got put to the side like salad fella

              1. FOO FIGHTER
                  2 months, 19 days ago

                  Ha ha.

                  You never know, FPL might be in for some changes next season.

                  *evil laugh*

            2. Top Lad Dakes.
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 19 days ago

              Ending (for now at least) on my highest rank of the season is a small silver lining. Stay safe out there folks, especially you auld ones about.

              1. IRBOX ⚽
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 19 days ago

                That’s not how it works..

                1. The Mighty One
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  2 months, 19 days ago

                  Top Lad tries to write something nice and Irbox even disagrees with that.

                  Good statement Top Lad. Cheers.

            3. Joburger
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 19 days ago

              Harry Kane back for the run in...

            4. g40steve
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 19 days ago

              Football cancelled till April BBC

            5. Hotdogs for Tea
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 19 days ago

              EFL games suspended

              1. BenjoBD
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 19 days ago

                Wonder what happens with Promotion/Relegation?

                1. tisza
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 19 days ago

                  We're top of League 1 - dreading what happens if season eventually gets abandoned

                  1. HamezMace
                    • 5 Years
                    2 months, 19 days ago

                    Northampton have the last play off spot in L2!

                  2. BenjoBD
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 1 Year
                    2 months, 19 days ago

                    we've just gone 3 points clear of relegation in 17th (Stoke). We were in the bottom 3 two weeks ago. So i was kind of hoping for the abandonment then. It could well be played out over June/July with a late August start. Euro 2020 is a gonna. Hope the season doesn't go to waste for you.

            6. farmerfat
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 19 days ago

              And this is why I do not plan for any chip strategies boys and girls. Never know when a deadly virus is going to take over the world....