Aston Villa’s FA Cup tie against Liverpool in doubt after positive COVID-19 cases

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Aston Villa’s FA Cup third-round match against Liverpool on Friday is in doubt after Villa reported contemporary COVID-19 cases in their first-team squad.

Villa stated they’d closed their coaching floor and cancelled Thursday’s coaching session, as numerous gamers and employees went into isolation.

“A second round of testing was carried out immediately and produced more positive results today,” Villa stated in an announcement. “Discussions are ongoing between medical representatives of the club, the Football Association (FA) and the Premier League.”

Earlier, the FA stated Southampton’s FA Cup third-round match at residence to Shrewsbury Town won’t happen as scheduled on Saturday after the third-tier workforce reported a number of COVID-19 cases in their squad.

Shrewsbury informed the FA that as a result of “significant number” of cases, they didn’t have sufficient match gamers who weren’t in self-isolation to meet the fixture against the high-flying Premier League aspect.

“Shrewsbury Town FC provided the FA with details of the medical advice it had received and its communications with local Public Health England and liaised with the FA’s COVID Medical Officer for the FA Cup,” the FA stated in an announcement.

“The FA also requested and considered further information regarding Shrewsbury Town’s ability to fulfill the fixture.”

The FA stated there might be a gathering of its Professional Game Board subsequent week to resolve on the destiny of the fixture.

Championship (second-tier) aspect Middlesbrough additionally stated on Thursday that preparations for his or her third-round match at Brentford had been affected after numerous their first-team gamers and employees examined positive.

On Wednesday, Derby County stated their first-team squad and interim supervisor Wayne Rooney won’t play an element in Saturday’s FA Cup match at sixth-tier Chorley as they had been self-isolating after an outbreak of the virus on the membership.

But the sport is because of go forward with Derby set to choose a workforce predominantly made up from the membership’s Under-23 and Under-18 squads with youth coaches taking cost.

COVID-19 outbreaks have led to 4 Premier League matches being postponed and greater than 50 video games in the decrease divisions of the Football League (EFL) being known as off this season.

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