PREMIER LEAGUE Covid positives have finally dropped back to pre-Christmas levels in a further boost to football chiefs.

Last week’s 2,957 tests across the 20 Prem clubs brought just seven new positive cases.

That is slightly down from the eight recorded in the seven days up to January 24, although this time there were positive cases in both sampling rounds.

Four of the positives came in the first batch of tests, of 1,713 players and staff, between Monday and Thursday.

There were then three positives out of 1,244 samples between Friday and Sunday.

The seven positives is the lowest total since the week of December 20, when the same number was recorded from only 1,569 tests.

All players or staff who test positive must self-isolate for ten days.

Meanwhile, worried Premier League clubs are still in the dark over whether they will lose some foreign stars to ten days of quarantine.

Fifa have yet to rule on whether England’s top flight can stop their South American and Portuguese players from taking part in March’s scheduled World Cup qualifiers.

New UK Covid-19 travel regulations mean anyone returning from ‘red list’ countries must spend ten days in isolation at an airport hotel.


That includes players from Portugal and South America.

World football chiefs are set to hold talks with South American and Portuguese officials before deciding on whether to relax the rule on clubs releasing players.

This was allowed last year following the start of the pandemic.

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