Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi tests positive for COVID-19

England international and Chelsea Football Club player Callum Hudson-Odoi has tested positive for coronavirus.

The Chelsea winger, aged 19, becomes the first Premier League player to test positive for COVID-19.

In an statement, the Blues said Hudson-Odoi had “showed symptoms similar to a mild cold on Monday morning” and stayed away from Cobham training ground result.

The club got test results affirming Hudson-Odoi’s diagnosis on Thursday evening, with an public statement being issued in the early hours of Friday morning.

All members of the staff who have had recent contact with Hudson-Odoi, according all of Frank Lampard’s first-team squad and backroom staff, will now enter a period of self-isolation.

Tomorrow’s Premier League game away at Aston Villa is now highly unlikely to proceed. An announcement is likely to follow an emergency meeting called by the Premier League for this morning.

Hudson-Odoi’s positive test follows news that Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta likewise has the virus, forcing the Gunners’ whole team squad into self-isolation.