Villa v Newcastle off due to Covid cases


Aston Villa and Newcastle last met in the league in June, when the sides drew 1-1 at St James’ Park

Newcastle United’s game at Premier League rivals Aston Villa on Friday has been postponed following a “significant increase” in Covid-19 cases at the Magpies’ training ground.

Several Newcastle players and staff members are self-isolating at home after returning positive test results

The club’s training ground at Darsley Park was closed on Monday and Tuesday.

Newcastle lodged a request with the Premier League to postpone the fixture at Villa Park, which has been approved.

Aston Villa said it “fully supports” the Premier League’s decision to postpone the match.

“Everybody at Aston Villa wishes a speedy recovery to all those affected by the virus,” added the club.

A new date and time for the game will be confirmed in the future.

More to follow.

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