Watford worst-hit Premier League club in coronavirus tests as one player and two staff infected

Watford has confirmed that one of their players and two members of staff have tested positive for coronavirus.

The trio is among six individuals working in the Premier League to test positive for COVID-19 in the first round of tests which were conducted across Sunday and Monday as part of the league’s partnership with the Prenetics consortium.

Burnley’s assistant manager Ian Woan also among those infected, the Clarets confirmed.

Watford said all three members of the club – which it will not identify – will now self-isolate for seven days before being tested again, as per Premier League guidelines.

Top-flight teams voted unanimously to step up their return to action at Monday’s shareholders’ meeting, allowing players to train in small, socially-distant sessions as part of phase one.

But Watford captain Troy Deeney had previously been concerned about a return to training, adding there were unanswered issues around BAME players.

Speaking to Eddie Hearn and Tony Bellew on their Talk the Talk YouTube show, the Hornets striker said: “We’re due back this week. I’ve said I’m not going.

“Within the meeting, I asked very simple questions. For Black, Asian and mixed ethnicities they are four times more likely to get the illness and twice as likely to have a long-lasting illness: Is there any additional screening? Heart stuff to see if anyone has a problem?

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