Fulham to face Tottenham on two days ‘notice after Spurs’ cancellation against Aston Villa | Soccer

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Tottenham will play Fulham, rather than Aston Villa, in the Premier League on Wednesday night with the Cottagers’ next game against Chelsea pushed back by a day in a complex rescheduling piece that shows the challenge of continuing elite sport in Wave 3 of the Covid. -19 pandemic.

The Premier League has confirmed that Aston Villa has requested that their game against Spurs be postponed following a major coronavirus outbreak at the club. The league agreed to this request and then asked Fulham to fill in the game instead. This match will continue, despite Fulham’s misgivings, as will the West London derby with Chelsea, albeit on Saturday rather than Friday.

A chain of dominoes was set in motion after Aston Villa was forced to close its Bodymoor Heath training ground last week, when nine first-team players tested positive for Covid-19 ahead of their match. FA Cup against Liverpool. Villa fielded a youth and under-23 squad for the Cup draw, but felt unable to complete the league game midweek.

Villa’s postponement request meant that Fulham was approached to fill the vacant position. Fulham is believed to have felt like he had been given the short straw, having been asked to step in only after playing their own Cup game – a 2-0 win over QPR – with a squad in which a number of players were First-team regulars were selected because they didn’t expect another game so quickly. Clubs can make representations to the league in the face of such a request, but the final decision is made by the Premier League board and the game has been approved.

Chelsea then agreed to delay their game against Fulham to give their West London rivals more time to recover. Rather than being played on Friday evening, the game will take place on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. Villa’s weekend game against Everton has also been postponed, from tea time on Saturday to Sunday noon.

Fulham has had to close his training ground in recent days and has been notified of positive tests in his ranks. Some at the club believe they would not have been asked to play if they had fought for the title, rather than relegation, but it would appear that the interests of individual clubs must be put aside as the league comes down. focuses on the greater challenge of keeping the competition as a whole on the road. José Mourinho had said it was “impossible” for Spurs to do without a game midweek given the potential congestion of the upcoming game.

Chelsea are set to face Fulham despite the closure of their academy training center due to a coronavirus outbreak that is believed to involve up to 20 cases. Young people have been told to stay away as the site undergoes a deep clean after a number of positive tests were returned over the weekend, but the first team’s facilities remain open.

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The academy is located at Chelsea’s training ground in Cobham, but is separate from the first team site. It will remain closed for the rest of the week, with those who tested positive isolating themselves for 10 days. The development game against West Ham on Friday and the Under-18 game against Brighton on Saturday will not take place.

Chelsea have ensured that the situation did not impact their first team. There are separate bubbles for the senior, academic and women’s teams. The Under 23s trained in the first team bubble and weren’t affected.

Chelsea are believed to be one of the few Premier League clubs to test their Under-23 players, also going beyond protocols by testing players from younger age groups. There will be another round of testing before the academy site reopens.

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