Chelsea player of Ghanaian descent Callum Hudson-Odoi is making “great progress” in his recovery from coronavirus after testing positive for the disease, manager Frank Lampard has revealed.
The winger, who became the first English Premier League player to test positive for the deadly disease, has been undergoing treatment since catching the contagious virus.
The 19-year-old’s positive test last week prompted Chelsea to close their Cobham training centre and put in place measures to stop the virus from spreading at the club.
The first-team squad and coaching staff were asked to self-isolate as a precaution and now coach Lampard has revealed that the son of former Hearts of Oak star Bismark Odoi is making great progress in his recovery.
“I’m happy to say that in Callum’s case, he has made great progress and almost feels his usual self, which is obviously the news we all want to hear,” Lampard told the club’s website.
“I’m aware that not everyone can or will recover from this virus, so I urge the football and sporting community to continue to act responsibly and look out for the health of others.”
Chelsea said their training facility had been reopened for those who did not have recent close contact with Hudson-Odoi.
The league has been suspended until April 4 because of the outbreak that has virtually shut down world sport.
Globally, the outbreak has infected over 190,000 people and killed more than 7,500.
“We still don’t know when competitive football will restart, but it isn’t worth worrying about that too much at the moment,” Lampard added.
“We all miss football but right now it’s about acting responsibly and in the best interests of society.”