The Premier League have now confirmed they have rescheduled Tottenham’s Premier League clash with Aston Villa on Wednesday, meaning Spurs will now face Fulham in north London. Jose Mourinho’s side were due to travel to Villa Park in midweek but have now finally received confirmation that the game will no longer be going ahead.
Villa were forced to shut down their training ground at Bodymoor Heath last week as the virus spread through their first team.
Up to 14 members of their squad and staff tested positive, forcing the rest of the team into a period of isolation.
Yet the club were forced to field a youth team in the FA Cup against Liverpool on Friday as the Reds ran out 4-1 winners despite a spirited effort from the youngsters.
The squad will now continue isolating before given the green-light to return to training. A Premier League statement read: “The match between Aston Villa and Tottenham Hotspur, due to be played at Villa Park on Wednesday 13 January, has been rescheduled following a decision by the Premier League Board.
“Following Villa’s request to rearrange the fixture, and due to the number of players and staff who have either tested positive for COVID-19 or have been placed in isolation by the club, the Premier League had no other option than to reschedule the match.
“With the health of players and staff the priority, the League continues to work with Villa on measures to ensure their League season resumes safely and at the earliest opportunity.
“The Premier League wishes those with COVID-19 a full and swift recovery and will rearrange Villa’s match against Spurs as soon as possible.
“As a result of this rescheduling, Spurs will now play their home match against Fulham in its place, on Wednesday 13 January at 20:15 GMT, live on Amazon Prime Video in the UK. The fixture was previously postponed on 30 December.
“With Fulham playing on Wednesday 13 January, their home fixture against Chelsea will be moved from Friday 15 January to Saturday 16 January at 17:30 GMT, and will remain live on Sky Sports in the UK.
“Everton’s match at Villa will be rescheduled from Saturday 16 January 17:30 GMT to Sunday 17 January 12:00 GMT, and will remain live on Sky Sports in the UK.”
The Cottagers are reportedly fuming that they’ve been lined up for a game against Tottenham at such short notice.
After Tottenham’s 5-0 win in the FA Cup at Non-League minnows Marine, Mourinho explained that he would prepare to face Aston Villa as normal, until told otherwise.
He said: “Nobody told me that I’m not going to play so [on Monday morning] we start to prepare for that game, and the same Tuesday unless somebody tells us different.”
The Portuguese recently raised concerns as to how his side will complete all of their fixtures, with Tottenham still fighting for silverware on four different fronts.
Mourinho said: “I believe it is an impossible situation for a club to have three matches postponed, especially if that club plays in Europe.
“For a Europa League team to have three matches postponed is completely impossible, that is the only thing I can say.
“It is for the Premier League to make decisions, if we don’t play against Aston Villa we will have three matches postponed and that is impossible because it would need the Euros to get moved and that is not going to happen.”
Tottenham certainly enjoyed the magic of the FA Cup on Sunday evening as they ran riot in Crosby.
Carlos Vinicius fired a hat-trick to remind Mourinho of his quality while Lucas Moura and Alfie Devine were also on target for the Premier League side, on a momentous occasion for football.