West Ham manager David Moyes has tested v positive for Coronavirus alongside two other players Issa Diop and Josh Cullen.
The results of the tests came only shortly before their Carabao Cup tie against Hull City which Diop and Cullen had both been named in the squad initially but both were withdrawn.
The club issued a statement to that effect that read: “West Ham United can confirm that David Moyes, Issa Diop and Josh Cullen have returned positive tests for COVID-19.
“The club’s medical team were informed of the result as the team were at London Stadium preparing for this evening’s Carabao Cup third-round tie against Hull City. The manager and both players immediately left the stadium and have returned home.
“All three, who are asymptomatic, will now follow Public Health England and Premier League guidelines and protocols.
“Everyone at West Ham send their best wishes to David, Issa and Josh.”
Alan Irvine who is David Moyes’s assistant took charge of the game which West Ham went on to win 5-1 with a double each from Sebastien Haller and Andriy Yamolenko with Robert Snodgrass adding another.
Irvine said: “At 6:20pm we suddenly got some information from our doctor and head physio to say there were three positive tests, the manager and the two players.
“We’d had contact insofar as we were in the same area of the stadium as David. We’d been at the stadium for about two hours before the match started.
“We were shocked by the news, we’ve had so many tests and not had any positive. But we’ve been very particular about protocol right from the start, the medical team are very aware of what has been happening and we’ve followed all the protocol, and we’ll be following protocol now.”
West Ham went on to say that they offered to test the Hull players ahead of the fixture but they refused the offer.
It is however understood that both medical teams of West Ham and Hull City agreed that the match could be played despite the positive tests, within the protocols and in consultation with the EFL’s medical department, and given the evidence that suggests there is a very low risk of transmission during a match outdoors.