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The Premier League has been hit by 14 new coronavirus cases from 12 different clubs as stars return for pre-season training.
As reports The Telegraph there are concerns that the positive tests have come from players returning from holidays abroad.
Liverpool were one of the sides believed to have recorded one positive test after they landed at their pre-season training camp in Austria on Saturday.
Eight clubs are still yet to return to training, with Man City, Man Utd, Chelsea and Wolves among them due to their European commitments.
Arsenal, Fulham, Burnley and West Brom have also not reported back yet.
Meanwhile Tottenham, Everton, Southampton, West Ham, Crystal Palace, Leicester, Newcastle, Sheffield United and Leeds have all returned.
Aston Villa and Brighton are the only two sides remaining but it is not known whether either has started their pre-season scheduling.
The positive cases have not been confirmed by the Premier League and it is expected that they will only release official figures once the 2020/21 campaign kicks off again.
A number of top-flight stars have spent the break jetting off on holiday, some of whom have met up in foreign locations.
Villa’s Jack Grealish was spotted partying with Leicester’s James Maddison and Tottenham’s Dele Alli in Ibiza.
Close friends Mason Mount of Chelsea and West Ham’s Declan Rice have also been holidaying together in Mykonos, Greece.
It is not certain that the positive tests are a result of players enjoying their time off outside of the UK.
However it is an alarming number given only 30 tests came back positive during Project Restart out of approximately 35,000 which were administered.
Testing is set to continue throughout the pre-season campaign and beyond, with the Community Shield curtain raiser arranged for August 29, with the Premier League campaign kicking off two weeks later.
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