RAHEEM Sterling is at the centre of a coronavirus scare after partying with Usain Bolt — just before the sprinter allegedly tested positive.
Manchester City star Sterling, 25 — due to be named today in the England squad to face Iceland on September 5 — was pictured at Bolt’s 34th birthday celebrations in Jamaica on Friday.
Videos from the party showed guests dancing close together without masks and ignoring social distancing.
A Jamaica radio station claimed today that Olympic legend Bolt had tested positive for Covid-19.
Hours later he posted a video on social media to say he was self-isolating after taking a test, although he did not confirm the positive result.
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.”
The virus scare is a nightmare for England manager Gareth Southgate.
He will today name forward Sterling in the squad for the Nations League game in Iceland — and a second in Denmark three days later.
But Sterling will have to pass a Covid-19 test before he is allowed to join up with the other players. The 25-man squad is due to meet up from Sunday before going into a protective “bubble” for the games.
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. The squad meets up in less than a week.”
Sterling, who was born in Jamaica, flew out to his home there after City lost the Champions League quarter-final. He spends each summer on the island seeing friends and family.
Bolt was given the surprise birthday party by his girlfriend, model Kasi Bennett.
Other famous guests included Bayer Leverkusen attacker Leon Bailey, 23, and West Indies cricket star Chris Gayle, 40.
Videos show guests holding drinks and partying without masks or social distancing. Jamaica has urged islanders to restrict gatherings to 20 people.
Bolt is seen singing along to Adele tunes and dancing enthusiastically next to guests.
Sterling, in T-shirt and shorts, is seen clutching a bottle as he is embraced by one partygoer.
Eight-time Olympic gold medallist Bolt today said he was self-isolating after taking a test because he had to go abroad.
He added: “I saw that social media saying I’m confirmed to have Covid-19.
“I did a test on Saturday. I’m trying to be responsible so I am going to stay in and stay here.
“I’m having no symptoms so I’m going to quarantine myself and wait on the confirmation to see what is the protocol.”
Jamaica has had 1,529 coronavirus cases and 16 deaths. But after just 174 cases in July, there have been 267 in the past four days.
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