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Aston Villa have closed their training ground after a significant outbreak of coronavirus. Villa have confirmed that a “large number of first team players and staff” have tested positive for Covid-19. The news has cast huge doubt over the FA Cup match against Liverpool on Friday.

Villa were set to host Liverpool in the third round tie at Villa Park.

However, there has been no first-team training on Thursday following the results of the tests and the match is in serious danger of being called off with those affected now isolating.

A statement released by Villa read: “The Football Association and Aston Villa are working closely together to try to ensure that the club’s Third Round Proper fixture with Liverpool can go ahead as planned at Villa Park tomorrow evening.

“Final confirmation will be made tomorrow [Friday] pending the results of additional COVID-19 testing.”

Next Wednesday’s Premier League match between Villa and Tottenham could be in doubt too.

Villa also cancelled the club’s press conference, which was due to take place at 2pm.

An inital statement released by Villa read: “Aston Villa can confirm that the club has closed its Bodymoor Heath training ground after a significant Coronavirus outbreak.

The coronavirus pandemic is causing havoc across the football calendar.

Southampton’s FA Cup match against Shrewsbury, which was set to take place on Saturday evening, has been postponed after an outbreak at the League One club.

A statement from the FA read: “Shrewsbury Town FC informed The FA that there have been a significant number of positive COVID-19 cases at the club such that they did not have a sufficient amount of fit, non-isolating players who would be able to play in the fixture.

“Shrewsbury Town FC provided The FA with details of the medical advice it had received and its communications with local Public Health England and liaised with The FA’s COVID Medical Officer for the Emirates FA Cup.

Interim manager Wayne Rooney and his entire first-team squad will miss the match at Chorley on Saturday.

Derby are now set to field a team of under-23 and under-18 players.

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