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Chelsea's Callum Hudson-Odoi 'making great progress' after Covid-19 diagnosis

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Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi (Bradley Collyer/PA)

Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi (Bradley Collyer/PA)

Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi (Bradley Collyer/PA)

Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi, who became the first Premier League player to test positive for the coronavirus, is making "great progress" in his recovery, manager Frank Lampard said.

The 19-year-old's positive test last week had prompted the London club to partially close their Cobham training centre, with the first-team squad and coaching staff asked to self-isolate as a precaution.

"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 website.

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

Chelsea said their training facility had been reopened for those who did not have recent close contact with Hudson-Odoi.

The league has been suspended until April 4 because of the outbreak that has virtually shut down world sport.

Globally, the flu-like virus has infected over 190,000 people and killed more than 7,500.

"We still don't know when competitive football will restart, but it isn't worth worrying about that too much at the moment," Lampard added.

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

Meanwhile, Chelsea will open the Millennium Hotel at Stamford Bridge to NHS staff to help the medical response to the coronavirus outbreak.

Blues owner Roman Abramovich has pledged to cover the costs of accommodation for an initial two-month period - with the west London club prepared to give over the whole hotel if required.

"Chelsea Football Club is joining the medical response to the coronavirus outbreak in London with the news the National Health Service (NHS) has accepted the Club's offer to make the Millennium Hotel at Stamford Bridge available for NHS staff," read a club statement.

"The initiative came from club owner Roman Abramovich and, after contact with the NHS was made by Chairman Bruce Buck, it was decided the best way Chelsea can assist the NHS is to provide accommodation for NHS staff. Mr Abramovich will be covering the costs of providing the accommodation.

"Many of the medical staff will be working long shifts and may not be able to travel home or would otherwise have to make long commutes."

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