Crystal Palace striker Jordan Ayew tests positive for Covid-19 after returning from Ghana, but reveals he’s asymptomatic
- Ayew returned from international duty on Friday after scoring twice for Ghana
- The 29-year-old had to watch from home as the Eagles played a 1-1 draw with Brighton
- Alexis Mac Allister equalized in the 90th minute after Wilfried Zaha’s opener
Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson has confirmed that Jordan Ayew is the last Premier League player to sign Covid-19 after testing positive on Friday after returning from international service with Ghana.
Ayew missed his match’s 1-1 draw against Brighton & Hove Albion on Sunday as he had to isolate himself for 10 days and then test negative before returning to practice.
After his side admitted a late equalizing goal against the Seagulls, Hodgson confirmed the news while admitting that he would not like to let the player leave with Ghana.
Crystal Palace lost a 1-0 lead because they had to do without one of their best players
Ayew has scored 11 goals in 69 games in all competitions for the Eagles since debuting in 2018
‘I do not know [when we’ll have him back], ”said the 73-year-old.
‘We have to follow the relative guidelines of the government and the Premier League before we see him again.
‘He’s been away with Ghana, which we were not exactly happy to accept he had to do. Like several other Ghanaian players, I think they tested positive when they returned to their clubs. ‘
In a tweet Ayew said: ‘Unfortunately I tested positive for Covid-19 and started my quarantine in accordance with health guidelines.
Fortunately, I feel fine and have no symptoms. I will be cheering the guys on from home and I look forward to being back on the field soon. Stay safe.’
The 29-year-old’s international teammate Bernard Mensah also tested positive for Covid-19 after returning to Turkey’s Besiktas.
Wilfried Zaha sent penalty after Michy Batshuayi was molested by Tariq Lamptey
Alexis Mac Allister’s goal in the last minute of normal time was his first for the Seagulls
Lewis Dunk looks away in disgust after being sent off for a reckless challenge against Gary Cahill
Ayew scored twice in Ghana’s 5-1 friendly win over Qatar on Monday, after losing 3-0 to Mali three days earlier in another friendly.
Some of the Premier League’s biggest names have tested positive for the virus in recent months, including Paul Pogba, Thiago Alcantara and Riyad Mahrez.
Crystal Palace could have used its energy up front against Brighton as they couldn’t build on Wilfried Zaha’s nineteenth minute penalty and had to pay in the 90th minute when Alexis Mac Allister showed up with an equalizing goal before Lewis Dunk was sent off on a dangerous challenge for Gary Cahill.