Coronavirus: Ian Woan tests positive, Burnley confirm

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Burnley have confirmed that assistant manager Ian Woan tested positive for coronavirus on Sunday.

Burnley have confirmed that assistant manager Ian Woan is one of the six Premier League personnel to test positive for coronavirus from the top flight’s 748 results.

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The news of the six positive tests, revealed on Tuesday afternoon, kept the names anonymous but the Clarets broke rank with a statement to confirm that Woan was one of them.

It was also revealed that the assistant manager is currently asymptomatic and will now enter a period of self-isolation for seven days, as instructed by the Premier League.

The statement read: ‘Burnley Football Club can confirm that after completing a Covid-19 test on Sunday, 17th May, assistant manager Ian Woan has tested positive.

Ian Woan
Burnley assistant manager (Ian Woan)

‘The Burnley first team squad and playing staff were all tested last weekend, ahead of a return to training.

‘In line with strict Premier League requirements and following a positive test, Ian will now self-isolate for a period of seven days, with a view to being tested again week commencing Monday, 25th May.

‘Ian is asymptomatic and is currently safe and well at home. He will remain in close communication with club personnel regarding his re-engagement in training once he is clear of the virus.

The news comes on the day that Premier League sides returned to the training pitch for the first time since the coronavirus shutdown.

Corner flags, balls, cones, goalposts, playing surfaces and other equipment will be disinfected after each session, while social distancing must be ‘strictly observed’ during these sessions.

The Premier League has joined forces with the global health company that has been working with the Bundesliga to deliver testing.

The test itself involves a swab and a nasal sample that only goes around a centimetre up the nostril and is far less invasive than other tests that are used across the globe.

Clubs are now making tentative steps towards resuming the season.

The return to training involves small groups of up to five players working together, while practising social distancing, with sessions to last no more than 75 minutes for any one player.

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