Coronavirus: Club-by-club update

PROFESSIONAL football in Britain has been suspended until at least April 30th as a result of the spread of coronavirus.

All games in the Premier League, EFL, FA Women's Super League and Women's Championship have been postponed until then. The decision comes after English football chiefs met on Friday (March 13th) to discuss their response to the pandemic, following news that Arsenal Head Coach Mikel Arteta and Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi had tested positive for COVID-19.

Below is a guide to what's happening at the training grounds of Premier League and Football League clubs.

PREMIER LEAGUE

ARSENAL closed their London Colney training centre and Hale End Academy as soon as Head Coach Mikel Arteta tested positive for COVID-19 on March 12th.

Staff and players self-isolated after this and the two sites have remained closed ever since.

KEEPER Pepe Reina criticised Villa's decision to train after Premier League matches were suspended.

“In England, they told us to be prudent and try to stay at home as much as possible, but we’ve just got the weekend off and have been called in to train on Monday," he said.

The club suspended training a day later, on March 17th.


BOURNEMOUTH goalkeeper Artur Boruc, along with four first-team members of staff, self-isolated after displaying symptoms consistent with COVID-19.

Training has been suspended since Friday March 14th, when the players were sent home.


BRIGHTON have sent each of their players home with a training kit of Kettle Bell, TRX, Slide Mats, Skipping Rope, Resistance Bands, Core Mat, Protein Powder, supplements and Keiser Bike.

BURNLEY initially moved their U9 to U16s to a separate part of the Barnfield training centre, while everyone entering had their temperature taken before being allowed access.

All training was subsequently suspended on March 17th.

CHELSEA closed the men's section of Cobham training centre after Callum Hudson-Odoi tested positive for the virus on Thursday March 12th. All first-team players and staff self-isolated and have not returned to training.

CRYSTAL PALACE'S training ground has been closed since Friday March 13th, when the Premier League announced the postponement of matches.

Players have been given individual training plans, which Head of Sports Science Scott Guyett explained to us HERE.

On March 13th, EVERTON announced that they had put their first-team squad and staff into isolation after a player reported symptoms "consistent with coronavirus".

The Finch Farm training centre has remained closed ever since.

Three LEICESTER CITY first-team players self-isolated on March 12th after showing symptoms of coronavirus and were kept away from the rest of the squad, manager Brendan Rodgers.

Their training ground has remained closed since then.

LIVERPOOL suspended training on Friday March 13th and told players the Melwood training centre will be closed for two weeks.

The players have remained at home since then.

MANCHESTER CITY defender Benjamin Mendy self-isolated as a precaution after a member of his family was admitted to hospital displaying symptoms of the virus on Thursday March 12th. The 25-year-old trained with his team-mates that day, but the squad has remained at home since then.

MANCHESTER UNITED players had been due to return to training on Tuesday 17th March after four days off because of the virus, but it was subsequently decided they should remain at home.

Players were given personalised fitness programmes to follow.

NORWICH CITY players were given individual plans and told to stay away from the training ground from Saturday March 14th.

"At this time, football is not the most important topic," manager Daniel Farke said.

NEWCASTLE UNITED players have also been given individual exercise plans. As with the mid-season break, they "will be monitored and fined should they report back to the training ground having gained weight or body fat.”

SHEFFIELD UNITED became the final club to close their training ground on Monday (March 23rd).

The players turned up at Shirecliffe but were given personalised training programmes and sent home. Wattbikes have also been delivered to their homes.

Three WATFORD first-team players were sent home from training on Thursday March 12th. The squad have not trained

WEST HAM manager David Moyes is in self-isolation as a precautionary measure after coming into direct contact with Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta during a match between the sides last Saturday.

WOLVES stopped training on March 18th.

CHAMPIONSHIP

BRISTOL CITY players and staff are having “a period of individual training” away from the club’s Failand training base.

Players have been issued with tailored programmes, including heart-rate monitors and fitness equipment, to prepare individually ahead of returning to squad training for the resumption of fixtures.

LEEDS UNITED'S players, coaching staff and senior management volunteered to take a wage deferral for the “foreseeable future” to ensure all 272 full-time staff could continue to be paid.

MILLWALL players/ management tested for coronavirus after coming into contact with Forest owner Evangelos Marinakis earlier this month - and results have come back clear.

Squad will return to training on Wednesday, with first team in in the morning/ U23s in the afternoon.

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