EVERTON have confirmed they have sent their players and staff into a period of self isolation after a first-team players reported symptoms of coronavirus.
The unnamed player has caused their training ground to be closed down and the Toffees are the latest Premier League club after Arsenal, Chelsea and Leicester to be affected by the virus.
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Premier League clubs are currently discussing whether to suspend the season, with the Toffees due to host rivals Liverpool on Monday.
Not being able to train would put a spanner in the works for Carlo Ancelotti and his squad, but in truth the entire fixture is looking increasingly certain NOT to happen.
A club statement said: “The step has been taken after a first-team player reported symptoms consistent with coronavirus.
“The club is in regular contact with the player in question and is monitoring the wellbeing of all players and staff.
“The health, welfare and safety of all Everton players, staff and stakeholders is the club’s absolute priority.
“Therefore, the club has taken the decision to close down all Everton workplaces including USM Finch Farm, Goodison Park and its headquarters at the Royal Liver Building in Liverpool City Centre.
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“The club’s retail store at Goodison Park will also close but its Liverpool ONE store is unaffected and will remain open.
“Everton will continue to adhere to UK Government and Public Health guidelines with regards to the closure of its facilities and wellbeing of staff and will be discussing next steps with regards to upcoming fixtures with the Premier League on Friday morning.
“Further updates will be provided in due course, including guidance relating to forthcoming fixtures.”
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