Karren Brady has revealed how a host of West Ham’s players are currently self-isolating over fears they have contracted the coronavirus.
The Hammers are not training, like every other Premier League club at present, due to the spread of COVID-19.
Footballers are instead keeping fit and active at home due to the government having implemented a lockdown on non-essential workers.
Top-flight teams in the UK have already been affected, with London rivals Arsenal and Chelsea having experienced positive tests.
Gunners boss Mikel Arteta and Blues winger Callum Hudson-Odoi are on the mend, having contracted the virus.
And now, West Ham are the latest Premier League club to potentially be facing virus concerns.
Hammers vice-chairman Brady wrote in her column for The Sun : “Players are currently not in training and housebound to comply with social distancing rules currently in place until April 13, when we expect training to restart.
“And following further Government guidelines, we have eight West Ham players in isolation.
“Although I am relieved to say they are all showing mild symptoms and, along with their families, seem to be well.
“But it is no more than a handshake, sneeze or cough away from any of us, so no one should be complacent.
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“All the players, including those in self-isolation, are desperate to get back to training and play the games.
“In the meantime, they have been sent a whole set of rules as well as club gym equipment.
“We respect them as professionals who understand fitness is critical to the way they perform.”
Brady can under fire a fortnight ago for her comments about how the season should be declared null and void.
That would see runaway Premier League leaders Liverpool ultimately miss out on officially winning the title, while West Ham would escape relegation, with the east Londoners currently sat 16th in the table and outside the relegation place only on goal difference.
Next week, further discussions between Premier League clubs, the FA and the EFL are expected, with the current earliest return date of April 30 likely to be extended further again.
Brady has changed her stance somewhat, suggesting the title is Liverpool’s in all but name, with the Reds 25 points clear at the summit.
She added: “There’s the Premier League to be decided although, obviously, not the title — which is all but owned by Liverpool.
“But neither the Prem nor the EFL have finished this season’s games.
“Plus, there is the FA Cup, continental leagues, European competitions, European Championship and almost everything in between.
“The next Prem meeting is on Friday and the main topic of conversation will be when games can restart.
“When we — all Prem clubs — last spoke, we agreed to get going again as soon as possible.
“And that games will run into July, if required, to get this campaign finished. This is the plan. This is what we want to deliver.”
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