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The Football Association (FA) is still hopeful that Aston Villa’s meeting with Liverpool can go ahead as planned on Friday, with a final decision to be made after further coronavirus testing.
Villa announced Thursday that they had closed their Bodymoor Heath training ground after “a significant coronavirus outbreak” at the club, with first-team training canceled after players and staff tested positive.
Consequently, their FA Cup third-round clash with Premier League leaders Liverpool was called into question, although the match is expected not to have to be postponed.
A statement from the FA said: “The Football Association and Aston Villa are working closely together to try to ensure that the club’s FA Cup third round match with Liverpool can continue as planned at Villa Park.
“Final confirmation will be made tomorrow pending the results of additional COVID-19 tests.”
It was announced early Thursday that the third-round clash between Shrewsbury Town and Southampton would not take place on Saturday after “several” members of the League One team tested positive for coronavirus.
Derby County revealed this week that it will select a team comprised of U-18 and U-23 players for their knockout at Chorley out of the league on Saturday, with interim boss Wayne Rooney and his first-team squad staying at home after an outbreak of coronavirus. at the championship club.