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Chelsea star Tammy Abraham fears giving asthmatic dad coronavirus if football returns too soon


TAMMY ABRAHAM fears he could give his asthmatic dad coronavirus if football returns too soon.

Abraham lives with his family and is ready to play for Chelsea ‘tomorrow’ as long as it is safe.


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 Tammy Abraham fears giving his asthmatic dad coronavirus if football returns too early

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The England striker’s father, Anthony, is also eager for his son to get back in action but asthmatics are at high risk of contracting Covid-19.

Abraham, 22, said: “My dad has asthma. If I was to return to the Premier League and God forbid I do catch this disease and bring it home, it is the worst thing possible.

“To go out on the pitch is a big thing for me. But my dad is asthmatic and the last thing I need is to catch the virus myself or be in contact with anyone with the virus.

“If it’s safe to do so then let’s do it but if it’s not then we will wait.

“Dad wants me to go back. He said ‘I know you’re motivated to go back, when you are ready just go out there and do the best you can’.

“I’ve got his full support going back. He is one of my biggest fans — parents are always there for you.

“The Premier League and the Government have to come to a decision whether or not it’s safe enough to play again and we take it on from there. I am ready to play tomorrow if it is safe.”

Chelsea players and boss Frank Lampard hold team meetings via Zoom to discuss returning to work and any concerns they have.


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The anticipated June 12 date for the season to resume already looks too premature and is set to be delayed further.

But Abraham is already exploring the option of self-imposed exile away from loved ones to keep them safe.

He said: “It’s a hard one. It’s something that we have all been thinking about these past six or seven weeks.

“If the decision is made where the Premier League does come back, I don’t know what I’ll do to be honest.

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“There is an option of a hotel, to self-isolate away from my family.”

Ethnic minority people are also more likely to die from coronavirus than white people, according to Government figures.

Abraham said: “I don’t think it is something that has crossed my mind too much. But in general in society, anyone’s at risk of catching this disease and passing it on.

“For me, it’s more about whether it’s better to come back to football, to stay away from people. That’s the question everyone is asking. At the end of the day I just want to stay healthy.”

Abraham is baffled like a lot of people over how to stop the disease spreading, relying on video chats with team-mates for information.

He said: “I think it is to keep us in the loop. As players we have no clue what’s going on. Hopefully it’ll give us some more information.”

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