Premier League to punish COVID-rule breaches, 10 Aston Villa players positive

Aston Villa Suffer Virus Outbreak As Concerns Grow For Premier League Season

Furthermore, manager Dean Smith and first team coaches John Terry, Craig Shakespeare and Richard O'Kelly aren't permitted to take their place on the Villa bench.

This is the story of how Mark Delaney and the club put together a patched-up team that held the title-winners at the break before succumbing to a 4-1 defeat.

Villa called on their youngsters after nine players and five staff caught Covid-19.

Rain pelted down on the West Midlands streets, turning snow into an icy, slippery.

Villa confirmed via a tweet that the match will go ahead and they will turn to their under-23 team.

Villa are the fourth Premier League club to suffer a Covid-19 outbreak in the last two months with growing concerns over whether the English top-flight can complete the season on schedule. Anyone coming into contact with players on transport used to get to games will also have to test negative in advance for COVID-19.

"We've just done the meeting with the gaffer. That was the team anyway".

They're looking forward to it.

Barry, a 17-year-old striker who joined Villa from Barcelona last year, sprinted onto Callum Rowe's pass, left Rhys Williams trailing in his wake and planted a brilliant finish into the far corner. He has scored prolifically for the Under 23s, sitting on six goals from seven starts this season, and many have been eagerly awaiting his jump up to the senior team.

Wijnaldum found the bottom corner from the edge of the area after an hour, before Mane looped in a header for his second two minutes later. The scorer of the goal was Mané, who made the most of the passive marking of the home defenders to send the ball into the back of the net.

'I've never been so proud of a team before.

"It's an unprecedented situation and I spoke to them and they have to take real pride, real courage and real understanding (from the game)".

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain - the other player starting a second successive game for Liverpool - will be deployed on the left-wing this time around, after starting in midfield versus Southampton.

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