Leyton Orient star becomes latest EFL player to test positive for coronavirus

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A Leyton Orient first-team player is the latest EFL star to test positive for COVID-19, the League Two club have announced.

The coronavirus pandemic has hit sport around the globe with professional football in England not being played before April 30.

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta and Chelsea star Callum Hudson-Odoi tested positive recently while three Portsmouth players were also diagnosed.

And now an unnamed member of Leyton Orient’s first-team squad has also tested positive.

“It is obviously a huge concern of everyone’s that a case like this has been reported, and of course it is a worry that it has impacted one of our players and our club directly,” said Orient head coach Ross Embleton.

“The positive for us is that the symptoms have not got any worse and the player in question is improving everyday.”

A club statement added: “The club can confirm today that a member of the first-team squad has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.

“The person in question had only shown mild symptoms of the virus, however once these were known, was placed into self-isolation.

“Since then, the club and player had been in constant communication, with a test arranged for him.

“Whilst the player is now in recovery and still showing only mild symptoms, precautions will continue to be taken going forward.

“The first-team squad will now enter a further seven days of self-isolation, following on from the previous seven days isolation – in line with government advice.”

The football season in England has been postponed though the FA announced the season can continue past June 1.

A statement read: “The FA’s Rules and Regulations state that “the season shall terminate not later than the 1 June” and “each competition shall, within the limit laid down by The FA, determine the length of its own playing season”.

“However, our Board has agreed for this limit to be extended indefinitely for the 2019-20 season in relation to professional football.

“Additionally, we’ve collectively agreed that the professional game in England will be further postponed until no earlier than Thursday 30 April.”

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