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The Premier League clash between Aston Villa and Everton on Sunday is about to be postponed due to the COVID-19 outbreak at the Villans’ camp.
Dean Smith’s team was forced to present a full squad of young rookies for their FA Cup clash with Liverpool on Friday night after a series of positive tests in the first team forced the club to close its Bodymoor Heath training ground.
Nine first-team players and five staff members tested positive, and the first-team squad is currently self-isolated. As a result, the Premier League clash scheduled for Wednesday with Tottenham was postponed.
Villa will play Everton on Sunday at the start of the day noon, but according to the Athletic, this will be rescheduled, subject to approval from the Premier League board on Thursday.
Public Health England guidelines state that those who have tested positive for COVID and those who have come into contact with anyone who has tested positive must self-isolate for 10 days, which means as early as Villa’s team can come out of isolation is Sunday, January 17. the day of the clash against Everton.
Premier League teams can postpone a match if they are unable to name a team for at least 14 match day due to COVID.
Villa chose to line up a team made up entirely of players from his Under-23s and Under-18s during their FA Cup tie with Liverpool, and his young side went head-to-head with the Premier League champions during the first hour before finally slipping to a 4 -1 loss.
This will be the second top flight Everton have postponed, after the December visit to Manchester City was suspended at the last minute due to a series of positive tests on the City field.
Villa’s women’s team also had two WSL games postponed in October following an outbreak in their team.