There are fears Soccer Aid might need to be cancelled after Roman Kemp – who is in the line-up – tested positive for Covid-19.
However, reports have suggested Roman had already been training with fellow competitors Mark Wright, Yungblud and Paddy McGuinness.
The entire event – which raises money for UNICEF UK – is now in jeopardy as the other participants have been potentially exposed to the virus and may too be forced to isolate.
A source told The Sun: “Roman is absolutely gutted he has been forced to pull out of the game.
“He is feeling alright and luckily does not have any bad symptoms.
“It is worrying for everyone involved in Soccer Aid however as Roman was training with a lot of the players yesterday and has been in close contact with so many people.”
The source admitted there was a risk to the event, but that it was planning to go ahead as planned – albeit with even stricter Covid health and safety rules.
The source said: “Everyone in contact with Roman is going to be tested and extra measures are being put in place to stop any further spread.
“The game tomorrow will absolutely still be going ahead and this is an isolated case.”
Roman himself has discussed his unfortunate diagnosis.
Taking to Twitter on Friday, the star wrote: “I’m absolutely gutted.
“I’ve had a positive test come through so I won’t be playing at @SoccerAid tomorrow night.
“I’ll be cheering from a sofa and hope that everyone donates as much as they can for the cause. Come on Soccer Aid World XI FC!”
Professional footballer Liv Cooke has also been forced to pull out of the event due to testing positive for Covid.
She shared her news on Wednesday, writing on social media: “Absolutely gutted to share that I’ve tested positive for Covid.
“Thankfully the symptoms are very mild but the timing means I won’t be able to enter SoccerAid cam. The safety of everyone involved has to come first so I’ll be isolating.”
She added: “I will be watching the big game on ITV and will continue to support UNICEF – as I hope you all will too.”
Singers Olly Murs, James Arthur and James Bay will take to the pitch – with YouTube star Chunkz, TV host Joel Dommett and rap star Aitch among the other celebrities that will be participating.
While Dermot O’Leary and Alex Scott will present the show – with Maya Jama starring as a pundit, with the match due to air on ITV at 6:30pm live from Man City’s grounds.
Soccer Aid has been running since 2006 and has helped raise over £38 million for UNICEF UK via ticket sales and donations from the public.