Aston Villa training ground closed after ‘significant COVID outbreak’
The FA Cup third-round tie between Aston Villa and Liverpool is in doubt after Villa announced the closure of its Bodymoor Heath training ground on Thursday, due to “a significant COVID-19 outbreak” at the club.
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 [on Thursday].
Regarding Friday’s fixture, the club’s statement also said “discussions are ongoing between medical representatives of the club, the Football Association and the Premier League.”
Southampton’s third-round tie with League One side Shrewsbury Town, previously scheduled for Saturday, has already been postponed.
The Premier League announced on Tuesday its own season-high number of COVID-19 cases from last week’s rounds of testing.