Insight provided into extent of Covid outbreak at Villa Park as Liverpool clash to go ahead, but Spurs in doubt

A series of updates surrounding both the extent and implications of the outbreak of Covid-19 at Aston Villa have been forthcoming online on Friday.

Insight provided into extent of Covid outbreak at Villa Park as Liverpool clash to go ahead, but Spurs in doubt

Concern in Aston

The major talking point in English football on Thursday of course surrounded the situation at Villa Park.

Just 24 hours prior to the club’s scheduled FA Cup meeting with Liverpool, word was forthcoming that Aston Villa had been forced to close the gates of the club’s training ground.

This came on the back of a ‘significant’ number of coronavirus cases being confirmed in Dean Smith’s squad:

‘Aston Villa can confirm that the Club has closed its Bodymoor Heath training ground after a significant Coronavirus outbreak.’

‘A large number of first team players and staff returned positive tests after being routinely tested on Monday and immediately went into isolation.’

‘A second round of testing was carried out immediately and produced more positive results today.’

Liverpool a go/Spurs in doubt

The situation at Villa, in turn, immediately resulted in tonight’s planned meeting between the Claret and Blue and Liverpool being thrown up in the air.

In their initial statement, the Villans confirmed that:

‘Discussions are ongoing between medical representatives of the Club, the Football Association and the Premier League.’

As outlined above, though, an update on the situation has this afternoon been forthcoming, with the clash, as things stand, set to go ahead:

Whilst Liverpool will no doubt be thrilled with the news that their FA Cup opener does not require re-planning, though, today’s decision on the part of the Football Association will likely be viewed as a blow by Aston Villa.

This comes with a further insight into the worrying extent of the Covid outbreak in Dean Smith’s squad having since been forthcoming.

10 members of the Villans’ playing staff have now returned positive tests, meaning the club’s XI to take on the English champions this evening is set to be heavily weakened:

Whilst the FA have come to the decision to push forward with Friday’s scheduled fixture, however, it remains to be seen whether the Premier League opt for a similar path when it comes to Villa’s next league outing.

The Claret and Blue are due to take on Tottenham next Wednesday, but, due to the differing rules and regulations in place across the different competitions in England, it is currently altogether unclear whether the clash will actually go ahead.

This of course comes with Spurs having already seen a scheduled Premier League meeting with Fulham postponed for similar reasons late last month.

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This article was edited by Josh Barker.

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