The Premier League game between Aston Villa and Everton on Sunday has been called off because of the continued impact of a coronavirus outbreak at Villa.
Villa’s training ground remains closed following a number of positive COVID-19 cases at the club last week.
That saw them field a side made up of under-23 and U18 players in the 4-1 FA Cup third round defeat against Liverpool. Their Premier League fixture against Tottenham this midweek was then postponed while the game against Everton, originally scheduled for Saturday, was pushed back a day.
A Premier League statement read: “The Premier League, in consultation with its clubs, has enhanced its COVID-19 protocols, in addition to reimplementing a twice-weekly testing programme as the heath of players and staff remains the priority. The protocols, which strengthen key elements of the existing guidance, came into immediate effect last week.”
Villa are next set to be in action when they play Manchester City next Wednesday. They have played 15 games this season and by the time they play next they will have three games in hand over some sides.