Crystal Palace’s trip to Tottenham on Boxing Day is set to be postponed due to a Covid-19 outbreak in the Eagles’ squad.
Both sides already have games to make up due to postponements. Spurs are three games behind having had their fixtures with Burnley, Brighton and Leicester pushed back, while Palace weren’t able to face Watford in the last round of Premier League matches.
Football London report two of Patrick Vieira’s backroom staff have tested positive, adding to the cases the manager reported on Friday.
Palace‘s players delayed travelling to their hotel on Christmas day before hearing the response from the Premier League. Official confirmation of the postponement has not yet been published,.
In Friday’s press conference, Vieira said: “We hope we’re going to be okay [to face Spurs] but when you’re looking at the number of cases around we start to be worried.
“We had a couple of cases in our football club in the last couple of days. We try our best to prevent the situation but it is worrying because the evolution for the next couple of days we don’t know how it will go.
“I’m not worried about the players’ welfare regarding the [frequency of] games during this period because it’s been like that for years and years. I’m worried about their welfare regarding COVID. Players coming back from the COVID situation and asking them to play with not enough training is a lot on them.”