Aston Villa have confirmed that Friday’s FA Cup third-round clash with Liverpool will go ahead despite a large number of their players and staff testing positive for coronavirus.
“Aston Villa can confirm that the Emirates FA Cup third-tound tie with Liverpool will be played at Villa Park this evening,” read a brief statement on the club’s website.
It is understood no first-team players will take part in the match.
The outbreak at Villa also raises questions about how and whether their upcoming Premier League matches can go ahead.
They are due to face Tottenham on Wednesday and are then up against Everton on 16 January.
A record high of 40 positive tests were detected among Premier League players and staff in the week between 28 December and 3 January.
Southampton’s FA Cup match against Shrewsbury is off after a Covid-19 outbreak at the League One club.
Wayne Rooney’s Championship side Derby will fulfil their fixture at non-league Chorley with a youth team after nine positive tests among first-team players and staff.