After a large number of positive results, Villa near training ground Dan Smith’s entire first team in self-isolation
The FA Cup match between Aston Villa and Liverpool on Friday is in doubt after Villa’s entire first-team squad was forced into self-isolation due to a club outbreak with Covid. “A large number of first-team players and staff tested positive after being routinely tested on Monday and immediately went into isolation,” the club said in a statement. “A second round of testing was carried out immediately and resulted in further positive results today. “After the Covid outbreak at Shrewsbury, Southampton could get a free ride in the FA CupRead moreSince Tuesday, when the results of Monday’s tests were disclosed, the team has not trained. On Thursday afternoon, Dean Smith was due to participate in an online press conference to preview the game against Liverpool, but that was postponed until the outcome of talks with the authorities is known. It is not known if Villa will be able to use young players against Liverpool, as Derby County plans to do so against Chorley after an outbreak at their club.
Southampton, meanwhile, could get a bye against Shrewsbury Town as there is a high case load for the Shropshire club, meaning the game on Saturday will not go ahead.