Four more Premier League games postponed because of Covid-19 outbreaks
This weekend’s fixtures of Southampton v Brentford, Watford v Crystal Palace, West Ham v Norwich and Everton v Leicester have been postponed because of Covid-19 outbreaks, the Premier League has announced.
Leicester City’s game with Tottenham on Thursday and Manchester United’s match with Brighton on Saturday were called off earlier on Thursday.
Half of the weekend’s Premier League fixtures are now off, with Leicester v Spurs having been part of the midweek programme.
Liverpool players Fabinho, Curtis Jones and Virgil van Dijk will also miss Thursday’s match with Newcastle after suspected positive tests.
However, the Premier League is resisting a complete suspension of the weekend programme, saying in a statement: “All other fixtures due to be played this weekend are currently scheduled to proceed as planned.”
A total of nine top-flight matches have been cancelled over the past week, the others being Tottenham’s match against Brighton last Sunday, Brentford’s game with Manchester United on Tuesday and Burnley’s match against Watford on Wednesday.
Chelsea have also been hit by several positive cases before Thursday’s game against Everton, but that match is set to go ahead.
The Premier League said there was “an increase in positive Covid-19 cases” at Leicester on Thursday, while Manchester United have an ongoing outbreak.