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Frank Lampard’s caring plea as Callum Hudson-Odoi recovers

Great progress: Hudson-Odoi has been recovering from coronavirus PICTURE: REUTERS

CHELSEA winger Callum Hudson-Odoi is almost back to full health after suffering from coronavirus.

Blues boss Frank Lampard gave a positive report on the 19-year-old’s recovery since his positive test for Covid-19 led to the London club closing their Cobham training centre last Thursday night.

Chelsea have now partially reopened their Surrey base but staff who had close contact with Hudson-Odoi will continue to self-isolate in accordance with guidelines.

‘Callum has made great progress and almost feels his usual self, which is obviously the news we all want to hear,’ said Lampard.

‘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. I am no medical expert when it comes to challenging times such as these but please do take the time to call older relatives and vulnerable people who might be alone, or offer to drop round shopping if they can’t get out. Let’s make sure we all take care of each other.

‘Social distancing can leave us feeling isolated but we can continue to support each other, even if that means doing it remotely.’

Chelsea’s players have been given individual training programmes but, with the Premier League shut down until at least April 3, their manager admitted the future was uncertain.

‘We don’t know when competitive football will restart but it isn’t worth worrying about that too much at the moment,’ he said.

‘We all miss football but right now it’s about acting responsibly and in the best interests of society. I wasn’t the only one who found myself in a strange place with no sport this weekend, but none of that matters if we consider the bigger picture.’

McLAREN have confirmed the British mechanic who contracted coronavirus in Australia is now free of symptoms. The British Formula One team also revealed seven other staff members who were tested for the disease while in Melbourne quarantine have all returned negative results.