Chelsea’s Women’s Super League game against Tottenham on Friday has been postponed due to a combination of Covid-19 cases and injuries in Emma Hayes’ team.
The postponement of the London derby followed Wednesday’s confirmation that Manchester United’s WSL trip to West Ham on Sunday was also canceled, due to an outbreak in the Hammers squad.
Both matches were to be broadcast live Sky Sports as the WSL returns from the winter break, but will now be played at a later date.
It is the second consecutive WSL game that has been postponed for both Chelsea and West Ham, after their meeting in the last round of matches before the winter break was canceled due to Covid-19 cases in the team. Blues.
A Chelsea statement said: “Chelsea FC can confirm that Friday’s game against Tottenham Hotspur Women will be rescheduled.
“The decision was agreed between both teams and the FA after a series of positive tests for Covid-19 were returned within the Chelsea FC women’s team lineup following the last round of testing, along with a number of players who are not available for selection due to injury.
“Those who returned positive tests immediately began a period of self-isolation in accordance with British public health and government guidelines.”
The champions would be looking to close the gap on leaders Arsenal, who will now have the opportunity to take a seven-point lead when he travels to Birmingham on Sunday.
A statement from the West Ham club said: “West Ham United Women can confirm that Sunday’s Barclays FA Women’s Super League game against Manchester United Women has been postponed.
“The decision was agreed between both teams and the FA due to a series of suspected COVID-19 positive cases among our players and our staff.
“Following the match postponement, West Ham United Women can confirm that all general admission tickets purchased for the match will remain valid for the rescheduled match.”
WSL and Championship record 40 positive cases of COVID-19
The FA also confirmed that 40 players and staff from across the WSL and Women’s Championship tested positive at Covid-19 in the seven days up to and including January 3.
An FA statement read: “Between December 28, 2021 and January 3, 2022, there were 40 positive COVID-19 tests between the Barclays FA Women’s Super League and the FA Women’s Championship.
“The federation is continuing to work with clubs to help mitigate the risks of COVID-19 within their teams and ensure players, coaches and staff are kept safe.
“To ensure transparency, the FA will resume posting results each week in both the Barclays FA Women’s Super League and the FA Women’s Championship.
“At no time will specific details relating to any club, player or staff member be disclosed by the FA.”
Skinner on Man Utd improvement, England outlook and January transfers
In an exclusive chat with Sky Sports News’ Anton Toloui ahead of the New Year, Marc Skinner talked about the improvement of Manchester United women, England women’s prospects and January transfers.
He said: “I think we have a lot of good players, but the best teams win. We are trying to build a culture here where the team is the most important and not the individual. The singles shine and show their qualities but for us, we want to build that union in which everyone wants to work for everyone.
“It’s a real shame because sometimes other results ruined the performances. We didn’t get excellent results in all the games, but in most of the games we were at the top and we weren’t as ruthless as we should have been. One thing I want to remind you of. this group is to be ruthless either way.
“We are trying to be active in this window if the right players come out that match the type of performance level, as well as the good personality. I want this team to be so close-knit.
“I understand the American market, it’s something I’ll definitely look at when we try to recruit, but he has to be the right person and it has to be the right time.
“I feel there are so many untapped talents in the women’s game that you can look and say ‘she can be really talented in a different environment’ and that’s the beauty of it. As our game grows more across Europe and across England , even players in the league, there will be players who can come forward, they just need the opportunity to do so.
“We have expanded our network and then we will shrink. In the next few weeks, we will tap into whoever we want, but we will be rigorous and laser-focused on the right people in this window. If they are available, we have been given the support of the company to fetch. the players who in our opinion can make a difference. “
How to follow the WSL on Sky Sport
The Barclays FA Women’s Super League has a new home this season on Sky Sports with up to 35 matches shown exclusively live. The deal covers the next three seasons and has seen the WSL added to Sky Sports’ flagship offerings.
The current line-up of Sky Sports Barclays FA WSL presenters is led by presenter Caroline Barker and includes seasoned Karen Carney and journalist Lynsey Hooper with commentators Jacqui Oatley and Seb Hutchinson. Jessica Creighton also hosts the Within the WSL show, broadcast every Thursday.
Here’s how to follow on Sky Sport:
Sky Sport – All 35 games will be available on major Sky Sports channels, including Sky Sports Premier League, Sky Sports Football and Sky Sports Main Event.
Sky Sport News – Running 24 hours a day, seven days a week, Barclays FA WSL fans can enjoy continuous Sky Sports News (channel 409) editorial coverage of the league and its storylines throughout the season.
Within the WSL – Presented by award-winning broadcaster and journalist Jessica Creighton, Within the WSL is a comprehensive recap of everything related to the Barclays FA Women’s Super League and women’s football. Airing weekly from Thursday 9 September on Sky Sports Premier League, the half-hour show will review and preview matches, include in-depth analysis and exclusive player interviews. Spectators can expect thrilling behind-the-scenes access and a recap of all the action both on and off the pitch.
Sky Sports Digital – Keep up to date with the latest analytics, features and interviews on the Sky Sports app and SkySports.com. Follow the action of each match and stay up to date with the latest scores, as well as game clips and free match highlights available.
Sky Sports Social – In addition to the coverage and visibility of the championship on all the main Sky Sports social media channels, a new tailor-made Twitter channel @SkySportsWSL it will be the home of all Barclays FA WSL content on Sky Sports.
Showcase of the sky – All Sky customers will benefit from being able to follow the matches of the opening weekend on Sky Showcase (channel 106) without a Sky Sports subscription. This new channel has been designed to curate some of the best shows, movies and sports from all Sky channels and will highlight Manchester United vs Reading Sky Sports coverage on Friday 3rd September at 7pm, followed by Arsenal vs Chelsea on Sunday, September 5 at 11.30 for the opening weekend.