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Aston Villa will line up a youth team in their FA Cup clash with Liverpool after the coronavirus swept through the senior team.
No player from the first team will participate in the third round game at Villa Park and the boss Dean smith it won’t run the site on Friday, the PA news agency understands.
Attendees John Terry, Craig Shakespeare and Richard O’Kelly will also not be at the party, with no senior bubble individuals involved.
U-23 coach Mark Delaney, who played for Villa between 1999 and 2007, will take on the team that will be made up of U-18 and U-23 players.
Youth teams and staff have been tested, but will have to be negative when results come back on Friday.
The youngsters train in a different area than the first team at Bodymoor Heath, so they have not come into contact with them, but if there is a series of positive tests, the game will almost certainly be called off.
Villa was forced to close the training ground on Thursday after confirming that a large number of players and staff had contracted Covid-19.
Defender Jake Walker has been pulled from his loan at Alvechurch, which plays in the Premier League South Central, to underscore the numbers and players Villa needs on Friday.
Final confirmation will be made tomorrow pending the results of additional COVID-19 tests. https://t.co/HmBDvxpQpo
– Emirates FA Cup (@EmiratesFACup) January 7, 2021
The club, the Football Association and the Premier League held talks on Thursday and confirmed that they were trying to start the game.
The FA said in a statement on Twitter: “The @FA and @AVFCOfficial are working closely together to try to ensure that the club’s #EmiratesFACup third-round tie with @LFC can continue as planned at Villa Park tomorrow morning. night.
“Final confirmation will be made tomorrow pending the results of additional Covid-19 tests.”
Derby also made the decision to bring their youth team to Chorley for their FA Cup tie on Saturday after major cases within their first-team bubble, but Shrewsbury’s game in Southampton was canceled after an outbreak at the club. Sky Bet League One.
Although under extremely different circumstances, the game bears similarities to last season’s Carabao Cup quarter-finals between the teams in December 2019.
Liverpool eliminated a youth team after their senior team traveled to Doha for the Club World Cup and Villa won 5-0.
Man Utd should avoid Grealish
Meanwhile, Manchester United legend Andy Cole has revealed why he thinks his former club shouldn’t pay a lot of money to sign Jack Grealish.
Cole admits that Villa’s star is a “super player” but is not convinced Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs to break the bench to sign the Englishman.
Speculation continues that the 25-year-old could trade Villa Park for Old Trafford, either this month or more likely in the summer.
Grealish first piqued United’s interest 12 months ago, although the Red Devils ended up signing Bruno Fernandes.
The Portugal star has become United’s talisman. Grealish, however, remains an option for the Red Devils due to ongoing doubts about Paul Pogba’s future.
The former United leader told talkSPORT: “I think Grealish is a super player, I’m not going to sit here and say anything different, but I’m looking at Manchester United’s midfield right now, where would you play him?”