Brighton and Hove Albion have confirmed a third player at the club has tested positive for coronavirus.
The information was revealed by Chief Executive Paul Barber.
The unnamed player will go into a 14-day isolation period whilst he recovers from the virus.
It’s understood that the rest of the Brighton squad will continue to train as they have been doing, both at home and in solo sessions at the club’s training ground.
Two other players, whose names have also not been revealed, caught the virus earlier in the pandemic.
Those players are understood to have since recovered, but it’s unclear whether they have returned to training.
Speaking to Sky Sports News, Barber said:
“Unfortunately, we’ve had a third player test positive just yesterday.
“Despite all the measures we’ve been taking over the last few weeks, when the players haven’t been involved in taking any significant training at all, we have still suffered another player testing positive.”
The news comes ahead of Monday’s crunch Premier League meeting, where clubs are expected to vote on ‘Project Restart’ – namely the plans to complete the season at neutral venues.
Brighton have been vocally critical of that idea, insisting the campaign should be played out on a home and away basis.
It’s understood Brighton want the chance to secure their Premier League survival on the pitch.
It’s believed they were against the idea of the current sides in the relegation zone – Norwich, Watford and Aston Villa – being relegated if the season can’t be completed.
The Seagulls have received criticism for their vocal stance, but Barber insists all clubs will act with a degree of self interest.