The Toffees had originally stated that the whole squad would stay in isolation after a coronavirus case within the club.

Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford affirmed that he hadn’t been ordered to undergo self-isolation after attending a charity boxing night on Friday.

The Merseysiders saw among the players, whose name hasn’t been revealed, test positive for coronavirus this week.

“Everton Football Club can confirm that, as a preventative measure, its complete first-team team and coaching staff are undertaking a period of self-isolation subsequent medical information,” the club statement.

“The step was taken after a first-team participant-reported symptoms consistent with coronavirus. The team is in regular contact with the participant in question and is monitoring the health of all staff and players.”

Just hours later, but the England shot-stopper was present at the event in Durham alongside wife Megan Davison.

On Saturday Pickford moved to dispel rumours he’d broken self-isolation so as to attend, promising that he’d consented to visit the event ahead and that Everton were fully conscious of his actions.

“Last night I attended a boxing event with my loved ones,” he wrote on Twitter.

“Recently my regional boxing event had a passion, together with one of my patrons we helped the club to get back on its feet by helping out.

“There are many young grassroot boxers training here and it helps the local community.

“I’d made a commitment to them that I’d attend the event and before going I talked to the club physician to make sure I was ok to attend.”

Toffees boss Carlo Ancelotti also denied earlier that Everton were in quarantine while showing the player in question appeared to be making a comeback.

“We are not really self-isolating at all, but a few avoidance measures did come in after a player had a fever, but his fever has dropped now and that is the main thing,” Ancelotti said to La Gazzetta Dello Sport.

“The Premier League did stop eventually, and it is about time. It was the ideal decision faced with the situation. We could not continue. Health is the most important thing for everybody: groups, fans, media, everybody who works in soccer.

“In theory, we should return to work on March 22, but if the overall situation worsens, how can we even consider that? If the coronavirus is still spreading rapidly, football cannot resume.”