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Aston Villa closes training ground due to Covid-19 outbreak

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London, Jan 8 (IANS) English Premier League club Aston Villa has confirmed that the club has closed its training ground due to an outbreak of Covid-19.

“A large number of first-team players and staff returned positive tests after being routinely tested on Monday and immediately went into isolation,” said the English football top-flight side in a statement on Thursday, reports Xinhua news agency. “A second round of testing was carried out immediately and produced more positive results today.”

The team will cancel first-team training one day ahead of their FA Cup match with Liverpool. But the third-round tie has not been postponed as the club said they were working closely with the Football Association to try to ensure it can go ahead as scheduled.

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“Final confirmation will be made tomorrow pending the results of additional Covid-19 testing,” read a statement released by Villa.

On Tuesday, the Premier League confirmed a season-high 40 positive coronavirus cases after two rounds of testing last week.

England entered into national lockdown for the third time on Tuesday to combat the spread of Covid-19, but elite sports are allowed to continue behind closed doors.

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Four Premier League matches have been postponed due to the outbreak of coronavirus so far this season. Villa’s next Premier League game is against Tottenham on January 13.

–IANS

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