PREMIER LEAGUE

Aston Villa vs Newcastle United postponed following COVID-19 outbreak

Newcastle United Premier League clash at Aston Villa on Friday night has been postponed after a coronavirus outbreak at the club.

It was revealed on Tuesday that Newcastle were forced to close their training ground and the decision has since been taken to postpone their trip to Villa Park.

A club statement read: “Several Newcastle United players and staff members are now self-isolating at home after returning positive test results in recent days and the club’s training centre site has been temporarily closed in order to contain the spread of the virus.

“With the Magpies’ first-team currently unable to prepare for the match as a group, Newcastle United lodged a request with the Premier League to postpone the fixture at Villa Park, which has been approved by the Premier League board.”

The club will not be naming individuals who have contracted COVID-19 and have asked for their privacy to be respected.

The match is the first Premier League game to be called off due to COVID-19 this season.

Newcastle United are currently 13th in the Premier League table and are due to host West Brom on December 12.

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