Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder has confirmed a COVID-19 outbreak at the club.
The Blades lost their 14th Premier League game in 16 on Tuesday night with a 1-0 defeat to Burnley.
Yet they were without some players and staff after positive tests in the build-up to the match at Turf Moor.
“We’ve lost five members of staff and some players as well,” Wilder told BBC Radio Sheffield afterwards.
“I think it’s the start of something. We’re going through the process and I’m doing the best I can to keep it away from the players.
“But sometimes it’s virtually impossible. We’ve seen the rise in cases right the way through, so we’re just going to have to battle on.”
Sheffield United aren’t the only ones with COVID-19 problems
Twenty-four hours before United were beaten once again, the clash between Everton and Manchester City was postponed because of coronavirus.
There was an outbreak at Man City over Christmas, forcing them to shut their training ground.
Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl also missed his side’s 0-0 draw with West Ham United on Tuesday because of a positive case in his household.
In fact, the Manchester Evening News reports the latest round of testing in the Premier Leagur produced a record amount of positive results.
There are huge concerns in the top flight of English football. It’s led to the Premier League discussing a two-week break to try and stop the spread – according to the Telegraph.
The government will review its current coronavirus restrictions today. What comes from this is expected to guide what happens in football too.
The concern is that shutdown for a fortnight will only put more pressure on what is already a congested season.
The campaign started later and several fixtures have already been postponed. Plus, the Euros are set to take place next summer shortly after the domestic season has ended.