Aston Villa close training ground after Covid-19 outbreak on eve of Liverpool clash

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Aston Villa have been forced to close their Bodymoor Heath training ground after a "significant" Covid-19 outbreak.

The Villains have shut the doors on the training ground on the eve of their FA Cup third round clash with Liverpool.

It has not yet been confirmed whether the match will be postponed.

A statement from the club read: "A large number of first team players and staff returned positive tests after being routinely tested on Monday and immediately went into isolation.

"A second round of testing was carried out immediately and produced more positive results today. First team training ahead of tomorrow's FA Cup match with Liverpool was cancelled.

Aston Villa have reported a "significant" Covid-19 outbreak at their training ground
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"Discussions are ongoing between medical representatives of the Club, the Football Association and the Premier League."

The outbreak follows the postponement of Southampton's FA Cup third round clash with Shrewsbury Town, which was due to take place on Saturday.

Several players and staff from the League One club have tested positive for the coronavirus, resulting in the tie being cancelled.

In a statement, Southampton said: "Southampton’s FA Cup third-round game at home to Shrewsbury Town will not take place as scheduled this Saturday.

"The club received notice of the decision from the Football Association this morning, after a number of Shrewsbury players and staff members tested positive for Covid-19.

Southampton's FA Cup third round clash with Shrewsbury Town has also been postponed
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"A meeting of The FA's Professional Game Board will take place early next week to make a decision as to what will happen with the fixture, and we will update supporters as soon as we have any further information.

"The club would also like to send its best wishes to the players and staff affected at Shrewsbury, and we wish them all a speedy recovery."

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