Norwich City test results due this weekend
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Norwich City’s first coronavirus test results are expected to be announced this weekend.
However, it is unlikely they will be published separately from other Premier League clubs which have already been through the process.
The first Premier League testing results were revealed on Wednesday, with six positive tests for coronavirus from three clubs across a total of 748 tests from 19 clubs after the first phase of mass testing. Norwich - who returned to training at Colney on Thursday - were the only club which did not take part.
All clubs were tested again yesterday and it’s those results which are expected to be revealed this weekend. Hong Kong company Prenetics are testing to see if players currently have Covid-19 and says results can take up to 48 hours to process.
The Premier League will publish the latest figures, which will also include Norwich’s first set of results, after all 20 clubs carried out tests. Each club can receive up to 100 tests a week over two slots.
Clubs’ return to training has been under strict social distancing conditions as the Premier League looks to create a safe enough environment for the Project Restart date of June 12 for the season to resume.
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There have been reports that the Premier League want clubs to restart full-contact training next week – but that there are a number of players who are not yet convinced of their safety.
According to The Times, the Premier League aims to convince all parties in a video presentation on Wednesday, which would allow full training the next day. However, Watford striker Troy Deeney and Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante have both opted not to return to training.
The Football League yesterday set out its testing and return-to-training protocols, with the first results from Covid-19 tests among Championship players set to be published tomorrow.
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Currently only the second tier has indicated a collective desire to continue the 2019-20 season and tests were conducted on Thursday and Friday. The EFL confirmed there will be a combination of testing procedures, made up of independent testing, some conducted by club medical staff and an element of players self-testing. It said the accuracy of the tests would be within government guidelines.