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Aston Villa close training ground after coronavirus outbreak with Liverpool clash in doubt


Aston Villa have closed their training ground after a significant outbreak of coronavirus. Villa have confirmed that a “large number of first team players and staff” have tested positive for Covid-19. The news has cast huge doubt over the FA Cup match against Liverpool on Friday.

Villa were set to host Liverpool in the third round tie at Villa Park.

However, there has been no first-team training today following the results of the tests and the match is in danger of being called off.

Villa also cancelled the club’s press conference, which was due to take place at 2pm.

The statement from the club read: “Aston Villa can confirm that the Club has closed its Bodymoor Heath training ground after a significant Coronavirus outbreak.

“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 today.

“First team training ahead of tomorrow’s FA Cup match with Liverpool was cancelled.

“Discussions are ongoing between medical representatives of the Club, the Football Association and the Premier League.”

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