Raheem Sterling tests negative for coronavirus after partying with Usain Bolt at Olympic legend's 34th birthday

RAHEEM STERLING has tested negative for coronavirus after partying with Usain Bolt at the Olympic legend's 34th birthday bash.

A source close to the Manchester City and England ace claimed he was "feeling fine and showing no symptoms".

Sterling, 25, will be tested again before linking up with the Three Lions squad – with Gareth Southgate naming his squad on Tuesday.

The flying winger is due to be named in the England group to face Iceland on September 5.

His spot had appeared to be in jeopardy after he was pictured at Bolt’s birthday celebrations in Jamaica on Friday, along with Bayer Leverkusen star Leon Bailey and cricket legend Chris Gayle.

Sterling, who was born in Jamaica, flew out to his home on the island after City lost their Champions League quarter-final against Lyon.

On Monday, Bolt announced he was self-isolating after it was claimed he'd returned a positive result for Covid-19.

Videos from the party showed guests dancing close together without masks and ignoring social distancing.

Jamaica has urged islanders to restrict gatherings to 20 people.

The island has had 1,529 coronavirus cases and 16 deaths so far – but after just 174 cases in July, there have been 267 in the past four days alone.

On Monday, a Jamaican radio station claimed Bolt had tested positive for Covid-19.

The ex-sprinter later posted a video on social media to say he was self-isolating after taking a test.

Bolt did not confirm the positive result.

Meanwhile, a source close to Sterling said: “Raheem feels fine and is showing no Covid-19 symptoms.

“But he’s in close contact with medical experts from both Manchester City and England.”

Sterling will have to pass a Covid-19 test before he is allowed to join up with the his Three Lions pals.

The 25-man squad is due to meet up from Sunday before going into a protective “bubble” for the games.

And Gareth Southgate is now enduring a "real headache" with his squad meeting up in just five days.

A source said: “It’s a real headache for Gareth.

"Raheem’s a key player but he’s now relying on medical experts to ensure there’s a safe way for him to join the squad.

“He’ll be tested as quickly as possible but everyone knows it can take 14 days for symptoms to develop and the squad meets up in less than a week.”


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