NORWICH have confirmed an unnamed player has tested positive for coronavirus less than a week before their Premier League restart.
The player will now isolate for seven days and miss the Canaries’ match with Southampton on Friday.
On Saturday night, the Premier League confirmed two cases of the illness from 1,200 tests of players and staff members.
A league statement read: “The Premier League can today confirm that on Thursday, June 11 and Friday, June 12, 1,200 players and club staff were tested for Covid-19.
“Of these, two have tested positive from two clubs.
“The Premier League is providing this aggregated information for the purposes of competition integrity and transparency.
“No specific details as to clubs or individuals will be provided by the League and results will be made public after each round of testing.”
The other case is yet to be identified with the total of positive tests returning from the league now at 14.
That is compared to almost 7,500 negative results after eight rounds of testing.
A single case was detected in Wednesday’s tests although that person should be back in time for the English game’s restart next week.
Aston Villa face Sheffield United and Manchester City play Arsenal on Wednesday, before a pair of games two days later.
Daniel Farke’s Norwich will want to hit the ground running when Southampton travel to Carrow Road, with a six-point gap to Premier League safety.
However they secured a 2-1 win over Tottenham yesterday as part of their preparations for the return.
Norwich confirmed in a statement: “Norwich City can confirm that one of its players has returned a positive test result following the recent round of Covid-19 testing.
“In line with the Premier League’s protocols, the player will now self-isolate for a period of seven days before being tested again at a later date. The player must return a negative test result before being able to resume training.
“The club will not name the player in question and asks that his request for privacy and confidentiality are respected at this time.”
Among the players to have tested positive for coronavirus in recent weeks have been Bournemouth goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale and Watford’s Adrian Mariappa.
Stoke were forced to cancel their friendly with Manchester United in the week after manager Michael O’Neill was found to have the virus.