West Ham fans can breathe a sigh of relief at the news that Vladimir Coufal has squashed rumours that he has tested positive for COVID-19.
It was though that the West Ham right-back had tested positive for COVID-19 after reports that there was an outbreak in the Czech squad. Vladimir Coufal was with the squad on international duty along with fellow Hammer Tomas Soucek.
The reports on social media and a Czech national team in a press release suggested that Coufal was one of the players that had tested positive. Soucek however, was one of the players that did test negative rather than positive or inconclusive.
The news caused panic amongst the West Ham fans who were concerned about their new signing’s heath. Fans would also have been forgiven for worrying about who would play as a right-back against Tottenham in a weeks time.
So, it comes as good news that the player himself has spoken out on social media to play-down the rumours that he had contracted COVID-19. Coufal said that he will in fact be representing his national side against Isreal in their next match.
Following some incorrect reports on social media today, I wish to make it clear that I have not returned a positive test for COVID-19, and remain focused on representing my country against Israel tomorrow. 🇨🇿
— Vladimír Coufal (@Coufi5) October 10, 2020
After only being at the club for a week Coufal has already become a fan favourite. The right-back impressed on his debut against Leicester City. West Ham emphatically won the game, putting three goals past the foxes while keeping a clean sheet. Coufal was crucial to protecting the Hammers goal, in a near-perfect debut for a defender.
The Hammers have already been exposed to the pandemic. Last month Issa Diop, David Moyes and former player Josh Cullen all tested positive for the virus. Moyes and Diop are set to make their comeback, whereas Cullen has been sold to Anderlecht.