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'Significant' Covid-19 outbreak at Aston Villa sees training ground closed


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Villa are scheduled to host Liverpool at Villa Park in the FA Cup on Friday

Aston Villa have experienced a “significant” coronavirus outbreak at the club on the eve of their FA Cup third-round tie with Liverpool.

The Premier League side said a large number of first-team players and staff are in isolation after returning positive tests on Monday.

The club’s training ground was closed on Thursday after a second round of testing produced more positive results.

Dean Smith’s side are scheduled to face Liverpool at 19:45 GMT on Friday night.

“Discussions are ongoing between medical representatives of the club, the Football Association and the Premier League,” Villa said in a statement.

Southampton’s FA Cup third-round game against Shrewsbury on Sunday was called off earlier on Thursday after a significant number of Shrews players and staff tested positive for coronavirus.

Wayne Rooney and Derby’s first-team squad will miss their FA Cup tie at Chorley on Saturday following a Covid-19 outbreak which closed their training ground on Monday.

The Rams’ team for the game at Victory Park will be made up of under-23 and under-18 players.

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