Everton first-team squad and staff in self-isolation as Premier League crisis grows

Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti
Everton have become the third Premier League club to go into self-isolation (Picture: Getty)

Everton have become the latest Premier League club to go into lockdown with the first-team squad and coaching staff in self-isolation after an unnamed player reported coronavirus-like symptoms.

Both Arsenal and Chelsea undertook similar measures on Thursday evening after Mikel Arteta and Callum Hudson-Odoi respectively both tested positive for Covid-19.

The Premier League will hold an emergency meeting at 10.30am on Friday, with the competition expected to be suspended, and Everton’s announcement only increases that likelihood.

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta tests positive for coronavirus
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is self-isolating after testing positive for Covid-19 (Picture: Getty)

Everton were due to face Premier League leaders and Merseyside rivals Liverpool on Monday night, but that match will be postponed.

A club statement read: ‘Everton Football Club can confirm that, as a precautionary measure, its entire first-team squad and coaching staff are undertaking a period of self-isolation following medical advice.

‘The step has been taken after a first-team player reported symptoms consistent with coronavirus.

‘The Club is in regular contact with the player in question and is monitoring the wellbeing of all players and staff.

‘The health, welfare and safety of all Everton players, staff and stakeholders is the Club’s absolute priority.

‘Therefore, the Club has taken the decision to close down all Everton workplaces including USM Finch Farm, Goodison Park and its headquarters at the Royal Liver Building in Liverpool City Centre.

‘The Club’s retail store at Goodison Park will also close but its Liverpool ONE store is unaffected and will remain open.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp
Everton were scheduled to take on Liverpool in the Premier League on Monday (Picture: Getty)

‘Everton will continue to adhere to UK Government and Public Health guidelines with regards to the closure of its facilities and wellbeing of staff and will be discussing next steps with regards to upcoming fixtures with the Premier League on Friday morning.

‘Further updates will be provided in due course, including guidance relating to forthcoming fixtures.’

Leicester City confirmed yesterday that three players were in self-isolation after displaying symptoms similar to coronavirus, while Manchester City’s Benjamin Mendy is self-isolating after a family member was taken ill.

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