Aston Villa have confirmed that tonight’s FA Cup third round tie with Liverpool at Villa Park (7.45pm) is to go ahead.
Villa revealed yesterday that a coronavirus outbreak had forced them to close their Bodymoor Heath training facility after two sets of tests for Covid-19 this week had returned positives.
Head coach Dean Smith, his coaching team, first team players and Under-23s training with the senior setup are all in isolation meaning Under-23s coach Mark Delaney will be in the home dugout tonight.
A team of youngsters are set to face Jurgen Klopp’s Premier League champions in the televised clash.
The situation is similar to Derby County’s, with Wayne Rooney’s first team players in isolation after an outbreak of coronavirus at the club’s Moor Farm training centre.
They are required to fulfil their fixture against Chorley in the FA Cup tomorrow but will have to play a team of younger players.
“Aston Villa can confirm that the #EmiratesFACup Third Round tie with Liverpool will be played at Villa Park this evening,” the club tweeted on Friday morning.
It comes after discussions with the Football Association, but further talks with the Premier League surely await regarding Wednesday’s match against Tottenham Hotspur.
The full statement from Villa yesterday 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.”