Aston Villa’s clash with Everton this week is reportedly set to be postponed as the Midlands club continue to struggled with a Covid-19 outbreak.
Villa had been due to face Tottenham on Wednesday, though that game was called off with the first-team squad in isolation.
Nine players and five staff members tested positive for the virus last week with a youth team featuring in the FA Cup against Liverpool.
And now it seems Villa will miss another match with The Athletic reporting the Premier League fixture against Everton this weekend will be postponed.
It’s claimed the postponement will be approved by the Premier League board on Thursday with isolation set to continue until Sunday at the earliest.
Villa’s Bodymoor Heath training ground was closed as a result of several positive Covid-19 cases last week with players unable to train.
The Premier League has warned clubs to expect further postponements and that exceptional circumstances would require flexibility.
Premier League chief executive Richard Masters wrote in a latter to the 20 shareholders: “It is already clear that we must do all we can to efficiently utilise all available calendar slots, given there have been three significant Covid-19 outbreaks at clubs to date and we should therefore realistically plan for the fact that there may be more.
“Inevitably, requests for postponements will be at short notice and present difficulties for all parties and we appreciate clubs’ ongoing flexibility in helping us achieve our collective objectives.”
It’s believed clubs will discuss at next Wednesday’s meeting the nature of the information clubs must submit when requesting a postponement.