Tottenham have confirmed that one of their players or staff has tested positive for COVID-19 during the latest round of testing prior to the Premier League’s return later this month.
This takes the total number of coronavirus cases across the league to 13 from 5,079 screenings across all 20 clubs.
Multiple journalists, including Rob Harris, took to Twitter to confirm the fifth round of testing had returned just one case of the virus out of 1,197 screenings, while there were no positive results at all during the fourth round.
Tottenham have subsequently confirmed that the positive test has originated from north London, in a short statement released on their website.
“We have been informed by the Premier League that we have received one positive test for COVID-19 following the latest round of testing at our Training Centre,” their statement read.
“Due to medical confidentiality, the individual’s name will not be disclosed. They are currently asymptomatic and will now self-isolate for seven days, in line with Premier League protocol, before undergoing further testing.
“We shall continue to strictly adhere to the Premier League’s Return to Training protocol, which ensures our Training Centre remains a safe and virus-free working environment.”
It is not the first time that someone who is asymptomatic has been found to be carrying the disease during the Premier League’s testing regime. Bournemouth goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale also tested positive for the virus last month, despite showing no symptoms.
Should Project Restart press on in spite of these positive tests, the Premier League will resume on 17 June with Aston Villa taking on Sheffield United and Manchester City hosting Arsenal.
Matches will then continue to be played each day until the end of July, with every contest being broadcasted live. BT Sport, Sky Sports, Amazon Prime and, for the first time ever, BBC Sport will split broadcasting rights four ways.