A number of Arsenal players are in a 14-day quarantine after coming into contact with Olympiakos and Nottingham Forest owner Evangelos Marinakis who was diagnosed with coronavirus recently.
It has already seen Arsenal’s Premier League clash against Manchester City on Wednesday night postponed.
The Gunners had faced Olympiakos in the Europa League over two legs with several players meeting the club owner.
Some members of Arsenal’s staff also sat near him in the stands as the match went on.
According to Arsenal Football Club, they are abiding by government guidelines which state that anyone that has come into contact with any person with the disease must self-isolate themselves for two weeks.
In a statement, Arsenal said: “Following yesterday’s news that Olympiacos owner Evangelos Marinakis has recently contracted Covid-19, we have been taking medical advice and tracing any individuals who had what the guidelines define as close contact with him at the game 13 days ago.
“As a result of this exercise, we identified that a number of players met the Olympiacos owner immediately following the game.
“The medical advice we have received puts the risk of them developing Covid-19 at extremely low.
“However, we are strictly following the Government guidelines which recommend that anyone coming into close contact with someone with the virus should self-isolate at home for 14 days from the last time they had contact.”
It has not been specified how many players have been forced into quarantine or who.
But it remains to be seen what will happen to the matches within this 14-day period in which Arsenal will have players out.
However, the statement continued to say that they will prepare for their weekend’s Premier League match against Brighton.
This is the latest incident in football that has been affected by the virus – with the Champions League and Europa League also taking hits.
source: daily star
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