Crystal Palace striker Jordan Ayew has become one of the latest Premier League footballers to test positive for coronavirus. The Ghana international announced this via his Twitter handle on Sunday.
The 29-year-old striker could not play Crystal Palace‘s Premier League match against Brighton on Sunday because of the test result. The club ended up drawing the match 1-1, all thanks to Crystal Palace‘s Wilfred Zaha’s spot-kick in the 19th minute.
According to a tweet from Jordan Ayew, the Ghanaian footballer has started to self-isolate in line with coronavirus protocols. This could take him about two weeks out of football. However, his return to football could be determined by how fast he can fully recover from the dreaded infection.
“Sadly, I have tested positive for Covid-19 & have begun my quarantine in line with the health guidance”, Jordan Ayew tweeted few hours before the Crystal Palace match against Brighton on Sunday.
“Thankfully, I am feeling fine & do not have any symptoms. I will be cheering the boys on from home & look forward to being back on the pitch soon.”
Sadly, I have tested positive for Covid-19 & have begun my quarantine in line with the health guidance.— Jordan Ayew (@jordan_ayew9) October 18, 2020
Thankfully, I am feeling fine & do not have any symptoms 🙏🏾
I will be cheering the boys on from home & look forward to being back on the pitch soon 💪🏽🔴🔵
Stay safe 🙌🏾♥️
Jordan Ayew was one of the most important players at Crystal Palace in the 2019-2020 season. He played 39 matches in all competitions, scoring 9 goals and providing 2 assists. The 29-year-old Ghana international scored the 9 goals in the Premier League to become his club’s highest goalscorer last season.
Before it was confirmed that he has contracted the dreaded coronavirus, Jordan Ayew has played all Crystal Palace’s Premier League matches this season (4) but has failed to score a goal nor provide an assist for the club.
However, his impact on the team so far this season has been so vital and unfortunately for the club, Crystal Palace might be without him for at most two Premier League matches against Fulham on October 24 and Wolves on October 30.
“I don’t know [when we’ll have him back],” the manager of Crystal Palace, Roy Hodgson said while confirming that the Ghana international has tested positive for coronavirus before the club’s Premier League match against Brighton on Sunday.
“We have to follow the relative government and Premier League guidelines before we see him again.
“He’s been away with Ghana, which we weren’t exactly delighted to accept that he had to do. Like several other Ghanaian players, I believe when they have gone back to their clubs, they have tested positive.”
Just as noted by Roy Hodgson, Jordan Ayew is not the only Ghanaian player that tested positive for COVID-19 after the Fifa international break. Another Ghanaian football star Bernard Mensah was confirmed positive for the virus when he returned to Besiktas after the international break.