Blackburn captain Elliott Bennett says he feels fit and safe after revealing he was one of only three positive coronavirus samples in the latest test round of the Championship. Bennett and two unidentified Fulham players tested positive for Covid-19.
Between this week’s Monday and Wednesday, the English Football League confirmed 1,030 samples from players and staff at second-tier clubs were collected, with three positive results coming from two sides.
On Monday, Blackburn reported Bennett had been screened and found to have Covid-19 but was asymptomatic.
The club said he will now isolate himself for seven days and return to training on June 5 unless he continues to develop symptoms.
“I feel good and safe. Perhaps this sends a strong message to the world that so other people do or have had the virus without having any consequences. If we had not returned to school and taken the exams, I would never have known, as I don’t feel unwell and have no symptoms at all. There seems to have been a lot of speculation over the return of footballers to the school, but that’s not a big deal. It is the people in the hospital who are critically ill that we need to think about, not the footballers who are fit and safe, and who show no signs of being unwell,” Bennett said.
Fulham also revealed that two of their players had tested positive but due to medical confidentiality they did not name them.
The findings, showing that well over 99.5 percent of those checked were negative, are yet another boost to the Championship restart plans, with the competition expected to resume at some point next month.
The Premier League announced on Thursday that it had decided on a provisional restart date for the June 17, 2019-20, season.