Steven Gerrard to miss Aston Villa’s next two games after testing positive for Covid-19 | Football News

Aston Villa manager Steven Gerrard will miss the club’s next two Premier League games after testing positive at Covid-19, the club announced.

Gerrard will not be on the bench for Boxing Day’s home match against Chelsea, live on Sky Sports or for Tuesday’s trip to Leeds.

The club said in a statement: “Aston Villa can confirm that head manager Steven Gerrard will not be able to participate in our next two Premier League games with Chelsea and Leeds United as he will be in solitary confinement after testing positive at Covid. -19 “.

Villa’s bout with Burnley last weekend was postponed due to an increase in the number of positive coronavirus tests among the team.

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At the start of Christmas Day, it was announced that the clash between Luton Sky Bet Championship and Bristol City on Boxing Day has been postponed.

The Kenilworth Road game was canceled following a series of positive Covid cases in the Hatters team.

It was the seventh game of the league and the twenty-first EFL Boxing Day game to be canceled, while only 16 of the original 35 games took place over the weekend

The Premier League publishes match postponement guidelines

The concerns of executives and captains were heard by the Premier League in special meetings on Thursday.

Managers and players have expressed concerns about the number of games to be played in quick succession during the Christmas holiday period due to the demands it is placing on teams that have been downsized due to Covid-19.

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Pep Guardiola raised the possibility of players slipping into the congested calendar, but he doesn’t think that is likely to happen

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola raised the possibility of players slipping over welfare issues, while Tottenham manager Antonio Conte called the matches “a waste of time”.

Following requests from executives for transparency as to why some matches were canceled and others not, the Premier League released a guide explaining its protocols for postponing matches.

Clubs have been told they must provide the following information when requesting a match postponement:

  • Details of the players and staff who have Covid, their vaccination status and – if known – the source of their infections
  • Players and staff not available due to injury and illness
  • Players on the squad list who are still available, including U21 players with “adequate experience”
  • Medical information to verify the status of each player not available, which will be reviewed by Premier League medical advisors

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Antonio Conte believes that meetings between the Premier League and executives and players have been a waste of time as pressure builds on the league due to match congestion and increased coronavirus cases.

The Premier League will then consider the following factors when deciding whether to grant the request:

  • Impact of Covid infections, injuries, illnesses and isolation on the team, as well as the number of U21 first team and “with the right experience” players available
  • Matches will be postponed if a club does not have at least 13 outfield players and a goalkeeper available
  • Status of any Covid outbreaks in the club, including the number and source of infections and proximity to the match
  • The club’s ability to safely prepare its players
  • Medical advice on the existence of an unacceptable risk to the health and safety of players and staff while playing the game
  • Advice from the UK Health Securities Agency and other public bodies
  • Other exceptional circumstances

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