Tottenham’s clash with Crystal Palace is set to be called OFF after Covid outbreak in Eagles camp


Tottenham’s clash with Crystal Palace is set to be called OFF as Boxing Day fixture ‘becomes the latest Premier League game to be postponed due to a Covid outbreak in Patrick Vieira’s Eagles camp’

  • Tottenham’s Boxing Day clash with Crystal Palace is set to be postponed
  • Reports claim the game will be called off due to a Covid outbreak at Palace
  • Two of Patrick Vieira’s backroom staff have reportedly tested positive for Covid
  • It would mean just five Premier League games will be played on Sunday 











Tottenham’s Boxing Day clash with Crystal Palace is set to be postponed following a Covid outbreak in the Eagles camp, according to reports.

Three Premier League games on Sunday have already been called off as a result of outbreaks within teams, with Burnley’s clash with Everton postponed on Christmas Eve.

According to football.london, two members of Palace’s backroom staff have tested positive for Covid, which follows a number of positive tests recorded by members of the playing staff days before.

Speaking on Friday, Eagles boss Vieira admitted that he was ‘worried’ about the current situation and how the virus would affect his players during the hectic festive schedule.

The Frenchman said: ‘We hope we’re going to be okay [to face Spurs] but when you’re looking at the number of cases around we start to be worried.

Tottenham’s clash with Crystal Palace is set to be postponed after an outbreak in Vieira’s camp

‘We had a couple of cases in our football club in the last couple of days.

‘We try our best to prevent the situation but it is worrying because the evolution for the next couple of days we don’t know how it will go.

‘I’m not worried about the players’ welfare regarding the [frequency of] games during this period because it’s been like that for years and years. I’m worried about their welfare regarding Covid.

‘Players coming back from the Covid situation and asking them to play with not enough training is a lot on them.’

Palace are set to play Spurs at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Sunday but it is now in doubt

Palace are set to play Spurs at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Sunday but it is now in doubt

Spurs have already seen a number of fixtures postponed this month due to their own outbreak

Spurs have already seen a number of fixtures postponed this month due to their own outbreak

Should the game at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium get called off by the Premier League, it would mean just just five of the nine games scheduled for Boxing Day will still go ahead as planned, after Liverpool vs Leeds, Wolves vs Watford and, most recently, Burnley vs Everton were all called off due to Covid outbreaks.

Spurs have already seen two Premier League games and one Europa Conference League game postponed due to Covid, with clashes against Brighton and Leicester, and then a European group game with Rennes, called off due to an outbreak in their squad earlier this month.

The news of a potential postponement in north London comes hours after Aston Villa boss Steven Gerrard tested positive for the virus and will no longer be in the dugout for his side’s next two Premier League games. 

Steven Gerrard will miss Aston Villa's next two games after testing positive for Covid-19

Steven Gerrard will miss Aston Villa’s next two games after testing positive for Covid-19

In total, 25 Boxing Day games across the top four divisions of English football have been postponed after two more EFL fixtures were called off.

Luton’s match at home to Bristol City has become the seventh Championship fixture to fall, while Carlisle’s League Two game with Rochdale at Brunton Park has also been postponed.

Luton and Carlisle have both reported Covid outbreaks in their squads.

Only 10 EFL games are still due to go ahead on Boxing Day.

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