The Premier League have confirmed that the eighth round of coronavirus tests have come back with two positive results from two different clubs.
It means there have now been 16 positive cases from the 8,687 tests carried out on Premier League players and staff to date.
Covid-19 cases are still cropping up in England’s top-flight just four days before the season is due to finally restart.
The 2019/20 Premier League campaign has been suspended since mid-March due to the global pandemic.
And since teams returned to work last month, safety protocols were enforced at training grounds up and down the country.
The Premier League returns behind closed doors at Villa Park on Wednesday
But coronavirus still remains a threat with less than a week until the first matches get the Premier League back underway.
Aston Villa host Sheffield United on Wednesday at 6pm with Manchester City welcoming Arsenal to the Etihad at 8.15pm the same night.
The two games in hand will be played first so that all clubs sit on 29 matches played going into the first full round of fixtures next weekend.
The Premier League have enforced safety protocols at training grounds ahead of the season’s restart
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The hope remains that the season will be completed without any further substantial disruption from the virus.
Fans will be staying away from stadiums for the foreseeable future to help combat the spread of Covid-19 in the UK and help ensure player safety.
The Bundesliga’s return since mid-May has been a success, while La Liga got back underway in Spain this week too.