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Chelsea manager Frank Lampard provides Callum Hudson-Odoi coronavirus update.

Updated: Mar 22, 2020

  • Chelsea's first-team and a few of manager Lampard's staff went into self-isolation after Hudson-Odoi's positive test result for the deadly disease was confirmed last week.

  • The Blues manager also gave his thoughts on the possibility of the Premier League resuming next month.

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard says he is 'happy' England international Callum Hudson-Odoi 'has made great progress and almost feels his usual self'.

The Blues attacker was the first Premier League footballer to have contracted COVID-19 after showing symptoms of cold last week Monday, and as a result the entire Chelsea first-team and a few of Lampard's staff went into self-isolation.

But, on Friday Hudson-Odoi revealed that he was feeling well, and the west London club released a video showing the 19-year-old winger pedaling his way to recovery.

However, Lampard is pleased with the England youngster's progress, confirming he has almost made a full 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 official website.

"I am of course aware that not everyone can or will recover from this virus, so I urge all of the football and sporting community to continue to act responsibly and look out for the health of others.

“I want to make it clear that I am no medical expert when it comes to challenging times such as these but please do take the time to call older relatives and vulnerable people who might be alone, or offer to drop round shopping if they can’t get out. Let’s make sure we all take care of each other.

“Social distancing can leave us feeling isolated, however we can continue to support each other even if that means doing it remotely."

Regarding the possibility of the Premier League resuming next month, with top-flight fixtures currently suspended up until April 4, Lampard said: “Of course we still don’t know when competitive football will restart, but it isn’t worth worrying about that too much at the moment.

"We all miss football, but right now it’s about acting responsibly and in the best interests of society.

"I am sure I wasn’t the only one who found myself in a strange place with no sport this weekend, but ultimately none of that matters when we consider the bigger picture."



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