Aston Villa v Liverpool: FA Cup tie at risk after 'significant' Covid outbreak at Dean Smith’s side
Aston Villa have become the latest club to be hit with a large scale coronavirus outbreak as they prepare to host Liverpool in the FA Cup on Friday. The club's Bodymoor Heath training ground has been temporarily closed, while the upcoming fixture with Jurgen Klopp’s side is reportedly at risk of postponement.
Stewards wearing PPE (personal protective equipment), of a face mask or covering as a precautionary measure against COVID-19, stand outside Villa Park stadium, where the English Premier League football match between Aston Villa and Sheffield United is tak
Published 07/01/2021 at 15:03 GMT | Updated 07/01/2021 at 16:42 GMT
Aston Villa have confirmed that "large" numbers of staff and players have contracted Covid-19 after the latest round of routine testing, fuelling fears their FA Cup third-round match with Liverpool could be postponed.
The club's Bodymoor Heath training ground has been closed after the outbreak, with training ahead of Friday's match suspended.
The status of the game is in doubt, with discussions ongoing between Villa, the Premier League and the Football Association.