Aston Villa will field a youth team against Liverpool in the FA Cup on Friday after a Covid-19 outbreak among the senior squad.

Villa closed their training ground on Thursday after a “significant” outbreak, which was later revealed to be 14 positive tests in their first-team bubble, including 10 players.

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There had been doubt whether the clash with Liverpool would go ahead, but Villa are prepared to play a team made up of Under-18 and Under-23 players.

First-team manager Dean Smith will not be at the match and assistants John Terry, Craig Shakespeare and Richard O’Kelly will also not be involved.

Under-23s coach Mark Delaney, who played for Villa between 1999 and 2007, will lead the team.

The youth players and staff, who train in a different part of the training ground to the senior squad, were tested separately.

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Derby will also send a youth team to Chorley for their FA Cup tie on Saturday after a Covid-19 outbreak but Southampton vs Shrewsbury has been called off.

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