Ben Chilwell back in England training as whole squad test negative for coronavirus | Football News

first_imgThe Premier League is confident there is currently no risk that any of this weekend’s matches will have to be postponed, despite a significant spike in the number of positive coronavirus cases.Sixteen positive cases were recorded in the last seven days involving players or staff inside Premier League clubs – four times as many failed tests compared to the previous week, and six times higher than any other week since the extensive testing at clubs began at the start of September. – Advertisement – The Chelsea left-back is fit enough to return to training alongside his team-mates, but it remains unclear whether he will feature against Iceland on Wednesday. Ben Chilwell has returned to England training following a back spasm, as all 22 players in the squad tested negative for coronavirus.Chilwell picked up the injury in Sunday’s 2-0 defeat to Belgium, which ended England’s hopes of reaching the Nations League finals.- Advertisement – Kick off 7:45pmcenter_img That figure does not include players who have tested positive for the virus whilst away with their international teams. There have been a number of high-profile cases that cannot yet be included in the Premier League’s statistics.Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah and Arsenal’s Mohamed Elneny have both tested positive while away with Egypt, as has Tottenham and Republic of Ireland defender Matt Doherty, who will miss Saturday’s game against Manchester City.On Tuesday morning, the FAI confirmed there have been no more positive tests in the run-up to their Nations League game against Bulgaria on Wednesday night.- Advertisement – Wednesday 18th November 7:00pm Ben Chilwell (R) was injured during the Nations League match between Belgium and England on SundayImage:Chilwell receiving treatment during the defeat on Sunday – Advertisement –last_img read more

Dyer big part of Swans plans – Monk

first_img The 27-year-old winger has even failed to make the bench for Swansea’s last three games against Manchester United, Burnley and Tottenham but Monk explained that was down to him changing his customary 4-3-3 formation to one featuring a midfield diamond. “These are very difficult decisions for me,” Monk explained. “Nathan had a fantastic start to the season, he had a little dip and then he came back a bit. “He has probably been a bit more inconsistent but he has still contributed fantastically to the team. There are no problems whatsoever with Nathan. “He is one who does deserve to be in match-day squads but unfortunately with the way things are sometimes that isn’t always possible. “The formation we’ve been playing dictates the bench, you have to look what you need and there are normally three or four players who miss out.” Dyer has made over 200 league appearances for Swansea since signing from Monk’s former club Southampton in a £400,000 deal in 2009. The Wiltshire-born winger helped the club win promotion to the Premier League in 2011 and has been a consistent performer in the top flight – and Monk insists he still has a big part to play at Swansea. Nathan Dyer has been told his future lies at Swansea even though manager Garry Monk has left him out of his last three match-day squads. “I have known him since he was 14 and watched his career, I know him better than probably anyone else in the squad,” Monk said. “Nathan has contributed a lot this season, he is a fantastic player to work with and someone who is at a very good level. “He is a big part of what I am doing here but there are moments within seasons where you miss out. “We have four good wide players in Jeff, Wayne and Nathan and Mo Barrow coming through, they are all different types who can contribute different things and selection depends on who we are playing and how the players have trained. “These decisions are never easy – it’s probably the hardest part of the job – but I am always honest with the players and I think they respect that.” Dyer started the season on fire with three goals in as many Barclays Premier League games and was reported to be in international contention when England manager Roy Hodgson paid a visit to the Liberty Stadium in September. But Dyer’s form has tailed off since that blistering start and he is now behind fellow widemen Wayne Routledge and Jefferson Montero in the Liberty Stadium pecking order. Press Associationlast_img read more