The outbreak of the Coronavirus has led to uncertainty around the globe, including in the Premier League where football at the highest level has been suspended until April at the earliest.
Football authorities are currently deliberating how – or if – the season can be completed, an unprecedented situation that could have huge implications for clubs, players and fans alike.
Should a decision be made that the remainder of the season will be cancelled, several stars out-of-contract this summer may have already represented their side for the final time.
Here are five Premier League players that may have played their last game for their clubs:
Willian’s seven season stay at Chelsea looks to be nearing its conclusion, with talks having stalled over an extension to his deal which is set to expire this summer.
Chelsea maintains a policy of offering only one-year extensions to players over the age of 30, and despite compromising with the offer of a two-year deal, look set to see Willian depart on a free transfer.
The Brazilian international is seeking a three-year deal, a length of contract hugely unlikely given the player’s age and the Blues’ wealth of wide options including Callum Hudson-Odoi, Christian Pulisic and impending arrival Hakim Ziyech.
The 31-year-old has proven a divisive figure in west London despite winning two Premier League titles, each domestic cup and the Europa League, in addition to twice being named as Chelsea’s Players’ Player of the Year.
Willian could now have played his final game in a Chelsea shirt should the league be unable to continue, with London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham muted as potential destinations, the winger having spoken of his family’s happiness with life in the capital.
Lallana’s exit has been expected throughout the final season of his contract at Liverpool, though the midfielder’s six-year spell on Merseyside could now already be over given the Coronavirus pandemic.
The 31-year-old was a favourite of manager Jurgen Klopp during the German’s first period as manager at Anfield, but injuries have decimated his career in recent seasons with Lallana making just nine Premier League starts over the past three seasons.
The former Southampton captain is now desperate to secure regular first-team football in order to get his career back on track, and would prove a fine free transfer acquisition for a host of top-flight sides seeking midfield creativity this summer.
Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers, who signed the England international during his time at Liverpool, has been linked with a move to bring Lallana to the King Power Stadium.
Regarded by some as the greatest player in Manchester City’s history, the cancellation of the remainder of the season would be a sad ending to Silva’s decade at the Etihad.
The midfield maestro has played a hugely influential role in City’s emergence as a powerhouse of English football over the past ten years, winning four Premier League titles amongst a wealth of honours that included last season’s unprecedented domestic treble.
The 34-year-old is yet to announce his future plans despite revealing he will leave the Etihad at the end of the campaign, and Man City fans will hope they are yet to see the Spaniard’s final performance in the club’s colours.
Nicknamed El Mago (The Magician), Silva has scored 73 goals in 423 appearances in all competitions and is the seventh-highest assist provider in Premier League history.
Another Chelsea star seemingly heading towards the exit door, Olivier Giroud’s renaissance as Frank Lampard’s first-choice forward seems unlikely to earn a contract extension at Stamford Bridge.
Having found himself on the fringes of the first-team for much of the campaign, the veteran is keen to secure regular football as he enters the twilights of his career, Giroud struggling to establish himself as an automatic starter over spells at both Arsenal and Chelsea.
Inter Milan, Tottenham and Lazio were all strongly linked with the 33-year-old throughout the winter window, and his fine goalscoring record is likely to appeal to any sides seeking additional firepower this summer.
Lampard will be relieved Giroud stayed at the club during January to help maintain their place in the top four, though his departure is still expected and his goal against Everton last time out could be the Frenchman’s final for the club.
Tottenham’s struggles this season have been well-documented as the Mauricio Pochettino era came to a disappointing end, though the appointment of Jose Mourinho is yet to reignite the club’s fortunes.
After an era of regularly challenging towards the top of the division, Christian Eriksen became the first stalwart to leave after joining Inter Milan in January, with Vertonghen set to follow his former teammate out of the exit door.
Vertonghen has made over 300 appearances for the north London side but has been in and out of the team this season, the 32-year-old’s display in the draw at Burnley earlier this month perhaps his final in a Spurs shirt.
Former club Ajax have been linked with signing the Belgian international on a free transfer, whilst Italian duo Inter Milan and Napoli are also believed to be monitoring developments.