Aston Villa Close Training Facility As COVID Outbreak Throws Clash Against Liverpool In The Air
Although Jurgen Klopp saw his presser prior to his side’s third round FA Cup tie go ahead as planned, the club’s fixture in the tournament is up in the smoke. With Aston Villa becoming the latest Premier League side to be ravaged by COVID, the forthcoming matchup between the two sides stands in fear of being postponed.
The news looks impending after Aston Villa confirmed that they had decided to shut down their training ground with a string of players and team members testing positive for the disease. No training took place on Thursday with the club also cancelling its presser prior to the Friday match.
Aston Villa Close Training Facility
“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.
Aston Villa can confirm that the Club has closed its Bodymoor Heath training ground after a significant Coronavirus outbreak.
— Aston Villa (@AVFCOfficial) January 7, 2021
“Discussions are ongoing between medical representatives of the Club, the Football Association and the Premier League.”
Earlier, Southampton’s fixture against Shrewsbury was curtailed after a slew of cases in Shrewsbury’s ranks. The recent FA Cup curtailments come in the wake of the Premier League reporting a record 40 positive cases in its foregone two rounds of testing.
The Fulham and Burnley outing last week was called off with Fulham being fraught with positive cases. UK as a whole has been run to the ground by the pandemic with the country in the midst of a third lockdown after a fresh, more virulent of COVID has been discovered.
In a bid to dispel the spread of the pandemic, the country has once again locked itself up with football being allowed to be conducted uninterrupted.