The latest round of coronavirus testing at Premier League clubs has discovered four positive diagnoses, coming from three different clubs.
Plans are still firmly in motion to have football return to English shores following the unprecedented halting of sporting activity due to the outbreak of COVID-19, with the top flight pushing through with 'Project Restart'.
In order for 'Project Restart' to go ahead, all 20 top flight clubs have to test their players and staff for coronavirus twice a week, a proposal that has resulted in some positive results.
As per David Ornstein of The Athletic, the latest batch of testing revealed four positive results at three clubs - coming after more than 1000 sampled were taken in the third round of testing.
After the first group of tests were conducted, six positive results were revealed from three clubs, after 748 players and staff were tested.
Watford have been one of the clubs most heavily impacted during the pandemic - including Adrian Mariappa being found positive - with players being forced to self-isolate having come in contact with others who had the virus. Troy Deeney, meanwhile, is doing likewise over fear for his family's safety.
A second round of testing taken on 996 players and staff found that two further players were known to have the disease, one of those turning out to be Bournemouth goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale.
In total, that amounts to 12 positive results from more than 2744 tests, which will pose a setback to the plans to restart the Premier League in June.
'Phase Two' of Project Restart is duet to begin, where club training will permit players to make contact with one another - including tackling - although they are still advised to avoid unnecessary contact.