Aston Villa’s FA Cup third-round tie at home to Liverpool on Friday night will go ahead, with Villa cleared to use players from their under-23s and youth team after a Covid outbreak.
Villa’s entire first-team squad and staff have been forced into isolation but testing on the younger players provided enough negative results to field a team. The under-23s manager, Mark Delaney, will take charge.
On Thursday Villa said “a large number” of positives in the first team had led to the closure of their training ground.
Derby are set to take on Chorley on Saturday without any first-team players because of a coronavirus outbreak, and Shrewsbury’s game at Southampton will not take place later that day for identical reasons. The Premier League club could be awarded a walkover.
More details to follow