A SECOND Aberdeen player has tested positive for coronavirus.

It comes as a cluster of 79 coronavirus cases has forced First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to order a fresh round of restrictions in the city.

The cases have been linked to more than 20 bars and restaurants in the city.

Several Aberdeen FC players reportedly visited city centre hotspots over the weekend, sparking fears at the club.

The player is the second to test positive for the virus.

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Aberdeen are due to travel to Perth to play St Johnstone on Saturday and the confirmed case has prompted concerns that the new Scottish Premiership season could be thrown into chaos just two weeks in.

Top-flight clubs have been given an exemption which has allowed them to resume training and playing matches.

Under the terms of that exemption, players and team staff members are operating in a bubble and must undergo twice weekly testing to ensure any fresh outbreaks are swiftly caught and traced.

A statement from the SFA/SPFL Joint Response Group on the matter is expected imminently.

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