Eight West Ham players self-isolating with symptoms according to West Ham Vice-Chairman Karren Brady.
Brady wrote in her Sun column on Saturday.
“Players are currently not in training and housebound to comply with social distancing rules currently in place until April 13, when we expect training to restart.
And following further Government guidelines, we have eight West Ham players in isolation.
Although I am relieved to say they are all showing mild symptoms and, along with their families, seem to be well.
But it is no more than a handshake, sneeze or cough away from any of us, so no one should be complacent.
All the players, including those in self-isolation, are desperate to get back to training and play the games.
In the meantime, they have been sent a whole set of rules as well as club gym equipment.
We respect them as professionals who understand fitness is critical to the way they perform.
Like every other club, West Ham are doing our bit.
We are helping in the community and have introduced an extensive programme of player- led entertainment for children at home.”
Claret and Hugh say:
Brady’s words will come as little surprise to many as we probably all know of someone whether it be friends, family or work colleagues self-isolating with symptoms in and around London. The news that the Prime Minister, Health Minister, Prince Charles and the Chief Medical advisor shows how widespread it is in the capital.
The football players are young and fit with no medical underlying medical conditions so should be fine after seven days of self-isolation in their homes.
Hopefully, when a home test becomes available these players can be tested to confirm they have had it and therefore have immunity. That would reduce the risk when football resumes as early as June to know which players have been infected and free from passing it on.