The full extent of the Aston Villa Covid-19 outbreak was revealed when the first-team TEN players were tested tonight in the FA Cup against Liverpool and four coaches with the U23 and U18 players against Liverpool
- Aston Villa boss Christian Purslow opened the club’s Covid-19 outbreak
- He said 10 first-team players tested positive on the eve of the FA Cup third round
- The entire first team along with manager Dean Smith were instructed to isolate
- The game against Liverpool will continue with U23 and U18 players
Aston Villa’s chief executive has announced that 10 first-team players tested positive for Covid-19 on the eve of their FA Cup tie against Liverpool.
The clash came into serious doubt after the club’s entire first squad – including manager Dean Smith and his staff – were forced into isolation on Thursday after a “large number” of cases were reported.
Purslow appeared on Sky Sports News on Friday explaining the surge in cases.
Ten players in Aston Villa’s first team bubble tested positive for Covid-19 on Thursday
The villa’s CEO Christian Purslow revealed the full extent of the team’s outbreak on Friday morning
“We went from 0 positive tests for Covid to 14 yesterday morning on our first team,” Purslow told Sky Sports News. “Ten of the 14 positive tests are for gamers.”
When asked how the double-digit outbreak will affect the upcoming league games against Tottenham on January 13 and Everton on January 16, he said it was too early to say if they will be postponed.
Every member of the hastily assembled team led by Mark Delaney, head of the U23 team at Villa Park, was tested for the virus on Thursday. The results were accelerated on Friday morning.
Villa closed her training ground after a significant Covid outbreak at the club on Thursday
Aston Villa confirmed that the game will take place on Friday night via their Twitter account
And the game that is slated to air on BT Sport has now been given the green light after the results were all negative. Villa confirmed the news on Twitter on Friday morning.
He added: “It is an absolute dream for our young players to have the opportunity to play against Liverpool.”
By playing the tie instead of pushing for a postponement, Villa is jeopardizing her chances of progress. But the FA made it clear early on that any club that could muster 14 players is expected to play their game or lose the tie – and there’s little space left on the calendar to rearrange the games.
More will follow.
Aston Villa can field a team of youth players for the FA Cup game on Friday