Newcastle’s trip to Everton postponed after Covid cases and injuries | Football News

Newcastle’s away game against Everton on Thursday was postponed due to injuries and Covid cases in Eddie Howe’s side.

Howe said on Monday that Newcastle were “dangerously close” to being unable to field a full squad for the match.

Newcastle were able to name just eight substitutes, including two goalkeepers, instead of nine highs for Monday’s 1-1 draw against Manchester United, with the squad exhausted from injuries and COVID-19 cases.

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They also lost Allan Saint-Maximin, Callum Wilson and Ryan Fraser to injury to United, while full-back Javier Manquillo received his fifth yellow card of the campaign, adding to Howe’s selection woes.

This is the first match Newcastle have postponed since the Omicron variant began wreaking havoc on the Premier League schedule in December.

The Magpies are next to last, two points from salvation, but have played four more games than the team above them, Burnley, also 11 points away.

What are the Premier League rules on postponements?

Following the postponement of a series of matches in the weeks leading up to Christmas, a new Premier League guide has been released explaining match postponement protocols.

And there, these factors are taken into consideration when deciding whether to postpone a top-level match:

  1. The impact of COVID-19 infections on a club’s squad, as well as injuries, illness and isolation, and the number of players available on the squad roster and any Under-21 players with appropriate experience. Where a club cannot field 13 outfield players and a goalkeeper either from its roster or from its suitably experienced Under-21 players, the match will be postponed.
  2. The status of any COVID-19 outbreak within a club, including the number of people affected, the sequence and source of infections, and their proximity to the match in question.
  3. The ability of a club to safely prepare their players for a match.
  4. Medical advice on any unacceptable risk to the health and safety of players and staff during the match.
  5. Any advice from the UK Health Safety Agency and other public bodies.
  6. Any other exceptional circumstances.

Which Premier League matches have been canceled?

Brighton-Tottenham – Sunday 12 December

Brentford vs Man Utd – Tuesday, December 14th

Burnley v Watford – Wednesday 15 December

Leicester vs Tottenham – Thursday 16 December

Man Utd vs Brighton – Saturday 18 December

Southampton vs Brentford – Saturday 18 December

Watford vs Crystal Palace – Saturday 18 December

West Ham vs Norwich – Saturday 18 December

Aston Villa vs Burnley – Saturday 18 December

Everton-Leicester – Sunday 19 December

Liverpool-Leeds – Sunday 26 December

Wolves versus Watford Sunday 26 December

Burnley-Everton Sunday 26 December

Leeds-Aston Villa – Tuesday December 28th

Arsenal vs Lupi – Tuesday December 28th

Everton vs Newcastle – Thursday 30 December

When could postponed games be played?

There currently appear to be 15 midweek slots where postponed matches could be played in the New Year, however, these often clash with Champions League and Europa League knockout rounds, as well as FA Cup and Carabao Cup draws.

There are a few options. Could the two-week Premier League winter break in late January and early February be canceled? Or will teams be asked to play beyond the last scheduled weekend of the season, May 22?

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