Following a corona virus outbreak in the senior squad, Aston Villa will field a youth team in their FA Cup tie against Liverpool. According to the PA news agency, no first-string players will take part in the third-round match at Villa Park and coach Dean Smith won’t be in charge of the team on Friday.
Furthermore, assistants John Terry, Craig Shakespeare and Richard O’Kelly will not participate in the game. U23 coach Mark Delaney, who played for Villa between 1999 and 2007, will be in charge of the squad consisting of players from U18s and U23s. Aston Villa may confirm that after a large coronavirus outbreak, the club has closed its Bodymoor Heath training ground. – Aston Villa (@AVFCOfficial) January 7, 2021 The youth teams and personnel have been screened, but they must be negative when the results come back to feature on Friday. The youth train to the first team at Bodymoor Heath in a different area so they have not come into contact with them, but if there are any series of positive tests, the game will almost definitely be cancelled. On Thursday, Villa were forced to close the training ground after it was reported that Covid-19 had been contracted by a large number of players and employees. To emphasize how many Villa players need on Friday, defender Jake Walker was recalled from his loan at Alvechurch, who play in the Southern League Premier Division Central. “The @FA and @AVFCOfficial are working closely to ensure the #EmiratesFACup third round match against @LFC can go ahead as planned tomorrow night at Villa Park. “The @FA and @AVFCOfficial are working closely to ensure the third round match against @LFFCOfficial The Football Association and Aston Villa are working together to ensure that the third round match against Liverpool will begin at Villa Park as scheduled tomorrow night. -Aston Villa (@AVFCOfficial) January 7, 2021Derby has also made the decision to field its youth team for the FA Cup match at Chorley on Saturday following major cases within the first team.