Aston Villa medics in talks with Liverpool over FA Cup tie after Covid outbreak

Aston Villa 's FA Cup tie with Liverpool is in danger of being called off after a COVID outbreak at the Midlands club.

Villa shut down their Bodymoor Heath Training complex with first-team players forced into immediate isolation after a big number of positive tests was recorded.

Club medics are now in touch with the football authorities and Liverpool to try and decide what course to take but the prospects don't look good.

Villa boss Dean Smith's pre-match press conference was delayed by a few hours then temporarily called off as club officials tried to get a clearer picture.

A statement from the club said: “Aston Villa can confirm that the Club has closed its Bodymoor Heath training ground after a significant Coronavirus outbreak.

“A large number of first-team players and staff returned positive tests after being routinely tested on Monday and immediately went into isolation.

“A second round of testing was carried out immediately and produced more positive results today.

“First team training ahead of tomorrow’s FA Cup match with Liverpool was cancelled.

"Discussions are ongoing between medical representatives of the Club, the Football Association and the Premier League.”

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