Brighton Manager Graham Potter Provides Upbeat Assessment on Third Player Who Tested Positive for Covid-19

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The third Brighton & Hove Albion player who tested positive for Covid-19 is "feeling good" and not showing symptoms according to Seagulls' manager Graham Potter.

Two Brighton players contracted the disease back in March and April, but with the Premier League beginning to plan for a possible return in June, doubt was cast on plans when Brighton Chief Executive revealed a third player had tested positive at the weekend.

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However, Potter gave Sky Sports an upbeat assessment on the current situation.

"He's OK, he's good," said Potter. "I spoke to him yesterday, no symptoms, so he is feeling good.

"It is a bit strange for him, of course. He doesn't like being in his house, self-isolating, but understands why he has to do it. As you'd imagine, there is a bit of concern (from the other players), making sure he is OK, but he is - and so everybody is happy with that."

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Brighton, along with other Premier League clubs could be returning to training next week, with the possibility of playing matches behind closed doors in June.

Potter said: "We're planning for that. We're still obviously awaiting everything to be signed off, we're still awaiting for that confirmation, but that's the thought.

"We're moving towards that early part of the week start, at stage one [of the return to training protocol]. I think the general consensus is, stage one, we understand where we are with that, and we're looking forward to getting going when the green light goes."

The Government opened the door for professional football to resume in the UK, with the remaining games played at neutral venues. Nevertheless, Brighton striker Glenn Murray said restarting the season should not be a priority while the death toll continues to rise.