Aston Villa have confirmed their Premier League fixture with Burnley on Saturday has been postponed due to positive Covid-19 test results in the Villans’ squad.
The fixture was one of just two thought to be going ahead on Saturday after the decision was taken to postpone Manchester United vs Brighton, Southampton vs Brentford, Watford vs Crystal Palace and West Ham vs Norwich.
The late manner of some postponements has been cause for ire for fans travelling to fixtures, though Villa say they have acted “as swiftly as possible” to give supporters ample time to change their plans.
Their statement reads: “Aston Villa can confirm that today’s Premier League fixture with Burnley has been postponed due to an increased amount of positive Covid-19 test results within our playing squad.
“The results of PCR tests, which were taken yesterday prior to training as well as Lateral Flow Tests, were received this morning and confirmed further depletion of our playing squad which was already impacted upon for our trip to Norwich in midweek.
“All individuals who tested positive are now isolating in line with Premier League and government guidance and protocols.
“The Club is extremely sorry for the inconvenience caused to Burnley Football Club, both our own supporters and the Burnley fans due to attend the fixture but have acted as swiftly as possible this morning to minimise disruption.”
A Premier League statement added: “The League understands the decision to postpone the match at such short notice will frustrate and disappoint supporters, and apologises for the inconvenience and disruption caused.
“The remaining four Premier League matches due to be played this weekend are currently scheduled to proceed as planned.”
The United Kingdom recently reported its highest number of daily infections since the start of the pandemic and more Covid-19 records are expected to be broken over the next few months.
The public are being urged to get their booster jabs.