Aston Villa Shut Training Ground After Major Coronavirus Outbreak

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Aston Villa have become the latest side to feel the effects of the coronavirus. The club have confirmed an outbreak of the virus at their training ground.

As a result, Villa have closed their Bodymoor Heath Training Ground and their FA Cup tie with Liverpool tomorrow evening is in doubt.

Aston Villa Shut Training Ground After Covid-19 Outbreak

Many Villa Players Self-Isolating

A large number of Villa players and staff are already in self-isolation after returning a positive test recently.

However, following a second round of testing today, the club have received more positive tests. As a result, Villa have cancelled training this morning and closed their training ground.

Dean Smith’s scheduled press conference was also cancelled, and now the Villains’ whole bubble will enter self-isolation.

Villa are the latest side to report a covid outbreak in their camp.  They follow Derby County and Sheffield Wednesday in shutting their training grounds.

Club Statement

A statement 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.”

Villa’s FA Cup Tie With Liverpool In Severe Doubt

Following the news of a significant covid outbreak, Villa’s FA Cup third-round tie with Liverpool is now in major doubt.

With several first-team members and staff missing, Villa could be forced into playing youngsters if the game goes ahead. However, the side’s medical staff remain in dialogue with the Premier League and FA about the situation.

Due to the outbreak, Villa’s next league game against Tottenham Hotspur which is scheduled to take place on the 13th of January is also in doubt.

 

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