Watford have two more players in seven day isolation after coming into contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus.

While the two players have not tested positive themselves, they are still isolating, following Premier League protocol.

Nigel Pearson revealed the news on Friday evening and, while he thought it was inappropriate to reveal who the players were, he explained why they were not at training at the moment.

When asked if all his players were at training he said: "They're not, but obviously one player through testing positive, two more because of close contact with somebody else and we have the players who've decided not to come in. I don't really intend to give you specific numbers, but we've had several players who've not been available for different reasons this week. It is what it is, you can't do much about that at the moment and hopefully that situation will change in time.

"The regulations are, that people who have had relatively close contact with other people, they have to go into isolation in the same way as somebody that's tested positive, so it's really just as simple as that.

"It's an illustration of that, it's not just about being tested positive or negative, there are other elements as well and you've got to remember that we work in an environment where, okay we're non-contact at the moment, in terms of training, but there are elements of contact with staff members and players so these are just things that we have to abide by, but I don't intend to reveal people's names, I don't think that's really appropriate."

The Hornets were tested again today to ensure that the virus had not affected more than the three who had tested positive at the beginning of the week. 

Pearson does not think the positive tests will have too much of an impact on his squad once play resumes, even with other players missing through personal reasons.

The Watford boss was also keen to stress that none of his players were absent because of issues with the club.

"Today everybody's been tested again - we were tested this morning and we'll await those further results over the weekend now," he said.

"It's just something we've got to get used to, we're trying to, as everybody will be, establish what is now a more normal working practice under the circumstances that we have. But they're [the players in isolation] okay.

"We need to see what the results are from today's tests and hopefully we won't get any more and that will mean that we can progress quicker, but I would like to think that we will have the majority of our players back because that's going to be important for us.

"I don't know what's happening at other clubs and I can't really comment. All I know is my focus is very much on us and it's very much on continuing to create a positive environment for the players who are in.

"The ones who are currently not in have got no problem with the football club, they're not asking questions about the football club."