Blackburn captain Elliott Bennett, two Fulham players test positive for COVID-19

Blackburn Rovers FC Captain, Elliott Bennett and two unnamed Fulham players have tested positive for Coronavirus in the latest round of testing in the Championship.

According to Club statement, Bennett, 31, was “asymptomatic and feeling no ill effects”.

Between Monday and Wednesday, 1,030 players and staff were tested, with three positive cases confirmed.

Championship clubs were only allowed to begin non-contact training on Monday as a first step towards the potential restart of the season.

Meanwhile, both Fulham players will remain unnamed because of medical confidentiality, though there are presently on self-isolation in line with English Football League and government guidance.

Blackburn said, providing he develops no symptoms, Bennett will return to training on Friday, 5 June.

According to club’s website, Bennett noted;

“I feel fit and healthy. I obviously would never have known if we hadn’t returned to training and taken the tests, because I don’t feel unwell and have got no symptoms whatsoever.

“There seems to have been a lot of hysteria about footballers returning to training, but it’s not a big deal at all. It’s the people who are seriously ill in hospital that we need to worry about, not footballers who are fit and healthy, and who aren’t showing any signs of being unwell.”

Championship games like other leagues matches were suspended mid-March as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic. No specific date has been set for a restart.

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