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The Premier League is set to provide rapid coronavirus testing after the international break.
With fixtures set to resume at the weekend, there had been fears over a potential rise in cases with players travelling from all over the world to return to the UK following another three fixtures for most.
Clubs could have been left short of options for their matches if an outbreak had taken place, with the current 24 hour testing proving to be a nervous period while managers consider their options.
However, a new rapid testing technique is set to be rolled out which will cut waiting times significantly.
The Athletic has reported that the new tests, which will be made available this week, will allow players to begin training shortly after being checked should they come back as negative.
There are 28 players from eight different clubs – Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Tottenham, Aston Villa, Brighton, Newcastle and West Brom – that could feature for their respective nations as late as Wednesday evening while being expected to play a part in the league just three days later.
United’s Edinson Cavani, Chelsea’s Jorginho, City’s Kevin De Bruyne and Tottenham’s Toby Alderweireld are included in that list, and could now benefit from the rapid testing.
The report adds that the news was circulated to club doctors last week, and will be carried out by existing testing partner Prenetics as their operation becomes more efficient.
A number of clubs are said to have started trialling the system, but all 20 would need to agree on it’s introduction if it is to be rolled out across the board.
The last statement from the Premier League on November 9 said: “The Premier League can today confirm that between Monday 2 November and Sunday 8 November, 1,646 players and Club staff were tested for COVID-19.
“Of these, there were four new positive tests.
“Players or club staff who have tested positive will self-isolate for a period of 10 days.
“The Premier League is providing this aggregated information for the purposes of competition integrity and transparency.
“No specific details as to clubs or individuals will be provided by the League and results will be made public after each round of testing.”
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