Aston Villa’s FA Cup match against Liverpool and their next league game against Spurs are under the possible threat of postponement, after the club confirmed ‘a significant Coronavirus outbreak’ at the club’s training ground.
A large number of first team players and staff have returned positive tests.
The news reflects the increasing seriousness of the pandemic, as cases worryingly increase across the UK.
The club’s initial statement is as follows:
Aston Villa Covid-19 Statement
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.
First team training ahead of tomorrow’s FA Cup match with Liverpool was cancelled.
Discussions are ongoing between medical representatives of the Club, the Football Association and the Premier League.