Manchester City and Arsenal Women's Super League matches called off after Covid-19 outbreaks
Manchester City Women's match against West Ham on Saturday has been postponed after four players tested positive for Covid-19 following a trip to Dubai during the Christmas break. Arsenal's WSL game against Aston Villa is also in doubt after three of their players made a similar trip to the UAE.
Man City goalkeeper Karen Bardsley punches the ball clear from Danielle Van De Donk of Arsenal during the Womens Super League match between Arsenal Ladies and Manchester City Women at Meadow Park on May 12, 2018 in Borehamwood, England
"The Football Association have decided to postpone the match following four positive Covid-19 cases and a number of other mitigating factors affecting the City squad.
"A new date for the game will be confirmed in due course."
Three Arsenal players also spent the Christmas break in the United Arab Emirates and a subsequent positive test has forced the postponement of their game against Aston Villa.
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Only Katie McCabe is known to be one of those who travelled. One of Joe Montemurro's players has tested positive, but with many of the squad living in shared accommodation, others have been forced into self-isolation.
"Although initially all of our first-team players tested negative on return from the Christmas break, one player has subsequently tested positive for Covid-19 this week," a club statement read.
"As a result, several first team players are now observing a period of self-isolation as a precaution in accordance with FA and UK Government protocol.
"This fixture will be rescheduled and a new date will be announced in due course."
The situation with the virus in England has intensified in recent weeks, with a third national lockdown announced this week and due to last until mid-February at the earliest.