Coronavirus in sport LIVE: Fellaini sends message from hospital, Premier League return update, Khabib UFC 249 fight ON – The Sun

MAROUANE FELLAINI has been hospitalised after testing positive for coronavirus in China, after the sad news that former Real Madrid president Lorenzo Sanz passed away after being diagnosed with the virus.

The Premier League's suspension has been pushed back to April 30, but Khabib Nurmagomedov's UFC fight against Tony Ferguson is still set to go ahead, as is WrestleMania 36.

Follow all the latest news and updates as the sporting world deals with the threat of coronavirus…

  • WILL HE GO?

    Chelsea midfielder Willian’s public plea to be allowed to fly back to Brazil to join his family has highlighted a huge issue being faced by our elite teams, Andrew Dillon writes.

    The Stamford Bridge hierarchy are considering their player’s request and want to do the right thing during these uncertain times.

    But they must balance that with the Premier League’s ambition to finish this season come what may.

    England’s leading 20 teams are braced for a wave of similar requests by worried foreign squad members who are torn between work and families in far-flung places trying to cope with self-isolation.

    Willian, 31, would face difficulties returning to his homeland because of travel restrictions in place to try to stem the spread of the disease. Only essential travel is permitted at present.

  • SUMMER EASE

    The Premier League are planning to restart the season on June 1 and be done in six weeks, according to reports.

    The Telegraph say the plan is to complete the remaining fixtures by mid-July and have a four-week break before starting the 2020-21 campaign as normal on August 8.

    Games would be played behind closed doors under the new plan.

    And it would stave off a financial disaster for clubs, who rely heavily on TV revenue.

  • SPUR OF THE MOMENT

    Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen has begged people to stay at home amid the coronavirus crisis.

  • 'SUNSHINE IN MY LIFE'

    Former England rugby union star Will Greenwood has revealed his aunt Jean has died after contracting coronavirus.

    The 47-year-old shared the devastating news with an emotional post on Instagram, that also included a photo of his aunt.

    Greenwood, who won 55 caps for England between 1997 and 2004, had revealed on a podcast that his relative was battling the virus.

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    Many of you have been so kindly asking me about my Aunty Jean. I had mentioned in a newspaper and on my podcast that she was poorly with COVID-19. Aunty Jean passed away yesterday morning.Eldest of 3 sisters. Aunty Jean was in her 80s but had so much living to do. Aunty Jean never ever ever did anything but bring sunshine in to my life. She lived near my boarding school and would pop in as often as she could to make sure I had Quavers, Pot Noodles, Parma Ham, a bit of cash, knowing how far from home I was. Aunty Jean lived in and around sport all her life and was so kind to everyone she met.Kindness, generosity of spirit, a giver of time. It has knocked all of us in the family.My cousin Claire has lost her Mum who had so many more years to give.Aunty Jean never got to meet her newly born Great Granddaughter.We will all miss you Aunty Jean. Aunty Jean asked us not to cry with her final words. We love you so much.

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  • WILL HE GO?

    Chelsea midfielder Willian’s public plea to be allowed to fly back to Brazil to join his family has highlighted a huge issue being faced by our elite teams, Andrew Dillon writes.

    The Stamford Bridge hierarchy are considering their player’s request and want to do the right thing during these uncertain times.

    But they must balance that with the Premier League’s ambition to finish this season come what may.

    England’s leading 20 teams are braced for a wave of similar requests by worried foreign squad members who are torn between work and families in far-flung places trying to cope with self-isolation.

    Willian, 31, would face difficulties returning to his homeland because of travel restrictions in place to try to stem the spread of the disease. Only essential travel is permitted at present.

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