Aston Villa Vs Newcastle United postponed over Covid-19 outbreak



Abba Gwale

Newcastle’s trip to Aston Villa on Friday has been postponed due to Covid-19 outbreak among the club’s players and staff.

Newcastle had been in dialogue with the Premier League over the postponement of the match after their squad was told to stay away from their training ground following an outbreak of coronavirus.

A new date and time for the game, which was due to be shown live on Sky Sports, will be confirmed in due course.

A club statement reads: “Several Newcastle United players and staff members are now self-isolating at home after returning positive test results in recent days and the club’s training centre site has been temporarily closed in order to contain the spread of the virus.

“With the Magpies’ first team currently unable to prepare for the match as a group, Newcastle United lodged a request with the Premier League to postpone the fixture at Villa Park, which has been approved by the Premier League Board.

“Accordingly, the club is now is working with Public Health England North East (PHE), local health authorities and the Premier League in line with Covid-19 protocols to identify the source of the outbreak and to ensure the risk of further transmission continues to be minimised.

“All players and training ground staff will be re-tested this week and a meeting between the club, Premier League and PHE will take place to assess the test results.”

Over the weekend, it emerged that three individuals within the first-team bubble had tested positive for Covid-19, and following a further round of testing on Sunday, additional players also returned positive tests.

Newcastle has been unwilling to reveal the exact numbers or identities of those affected.

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