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Callum Hudson-Odoi making 'great progress' in coronavirus recovery, reveals Chelsea manager Frank Lampard

Teenage winger was the first Premier League player to test positive for Covid-19, the virus which has caused a global pandemic

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Europa League - Round of 16 First Leg - Chelsea v Dynamo Kiev - Stamford Bridge, London, Britain - March 7, 2019 Chelsea's Callum Hudson-Odoi celebrates scoring their third goal REUTERS/Eddie Keogh/File Photo
FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Europa League - Round of 16 First Leg - Chelsea v Dynamo Kiev - Stamford Bridge, London, Britain - March 7, 2019 Chelsea's Callum Hudson-Odoi celebrates scoring their third goal REUTERS/Eddie Keogh/File Photo

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has revealed winger Callum Hudson-Odoi is making "great progress" in his recovery from the coronavirus.

Hudson-Odoi, 19, was the first Premier League player to test positive for Covid-19, the virus which has caused a global pandemic and led to the shutdown and cancellation of major events around the world, including European football.

"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 Chelsea 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 having closed Cobham as a precaution following the player's positive test.

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

The number of global cases is pushing towards 200,000 on Wednesday, with almost 8,000 deaths. The recovery rate continues to climb, with 82,000 patients clear of symptoms.

"We still don't know when competitive football will restart, but it isn't worth worrying about that too much at the moment," Lampard said. "We all miss football but right now it's about acting responsibly and in the best interests of society."

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Sports stars to test positive for Covid-19

Updated: March 18, 2020 02:59 PM

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