West Ham United manager David Moyes, Issa Diop and Josh Cullen have all tested positive for coronavirus.
Both Diop and Cullen had initially been selected to start for the Hammers in their Carabao Cup third round clash with League One Hull City at the London Stadium.
David Moyes One of Three Staff Members at West Ham United to Test Positive for COVID-19
On the day the government announced a delay to the return of fans to stadiums, both players were withdrawn from the squad just 20 minutes before kick-off when it had emerged they had tested positive for the virus.
In a statement, the club said: “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 test results as the team were at the 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.
“Everyone at West Ham United send their best wishes to David, Issa and Josh.”
Both Moyes and the two players, who were all asymptomatic, will now follow Public Health England and Premier League guidelines and protocols and observe a period of self-isolation.
Last Minute Change to Starting Line-Up
Diop and Cullen were replaced in the line-up by youngster Harrison Ashby and Jack Wilshere. Although goalkeeper David Martin was also added to the hosts’ substitute bench, the Hammers were unable to name their full quota of seven substitutes.
Moyes was replaced on the touchline by his assistant Alan Irvine, who has been charged with navigating the Premier League side through to the next round of the competition.
West Ham were amongst a number of Premier League clubs who paid for Coronavirus tests for their EFL opponents ahead of the third round of cup ties after the EFL removed the mandatory protocol of weekly testing.
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