Aston Villa confirm FA Cup fixture will go ahead

Aston Villa have confirmed that their FA Cup third round fixture against Liverpool will go ahead this evening.

Villa Park
Villa Park

The game was thrown into doubt after the club revealed that a significant coronavirus outbreak had forced the closure of the training ground.

A large number of positive tests have been returned by members of the first-team at B6 during the regular Premier League testing, which took place on Monday - results came back on Tuesday.

Those who tested positive immediately went into isolation with further tests conducted, producing further positive results - forcing training to be cancelled.

No members of the first-team set-up will be at Villa Park for the encounter with Liverpool, with Villa fielding a youth team managed by U23s boss Mark Delaney.

Additional COVID-19 tests had been performed to ensure that Villa's young players would be able to participate, a sufficient number of negative results have been confirmed ensuring the fixture will be fulfilled.

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