Patrick Vieira tests positive for Covid as Spurs vs Palace goes ahead

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Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira has tested positive for Covid and will not attend their match against Tottenham Hotspur on Boxing Day.

The match will still go ahead despite a number of positive cases in the Palace squad in the build up to the match and a request being made to the Premier League to postpone the fixture.

Crystal Palace assistant manager Osian Roberts will take charge of the match in Vieira's place, the club confirmed on Sunday.

Three Boxing Day Premier League matches have already been postponed due to Covid outbreaks, leaving just six matches set to go ahead.

The match between Liverpool and Leeds United, Wolves' trip to Watford and Everton's meeting with Burnley have all been called off due to Covid outbreaks.

However, Palace's match will still go ahead as planned despite the news of Vieira's positive test.

The club confirmed this on Boxing Day in a statement which read: “We can confirm that our match away at Spurs is going ahead today as scheduled (15:00 GMT).”

The Athletic report that the Palace players were asked to stay at home on Christmas Day instead of gathering at a hotel, as is the usual routine for side's playing away on Boxing Day.

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This came following a number of positive test results amongst staff, before several players also tested positive for Covid.

Reports on Saturday night suggested that the match was to be postponed, although no request was made to the Premier League until the early hours of Sunday morning.

The Palace players gathered this morning to undergo further testing before the match was confirmed to be going ahead.

Vieira's side won the reverse fixture at Selhurst Park 3-0 back in September to claim their first win of the season as Odsonne Edouard scored a brace on his debut.

Palace's match against Watford last weekend was one of six to fall foul of Covid outbreaks as the Omicron variant wreaked havoc on the Premier League schedule.

11th place Palace could climb into the top half if they complete a league double by beating Antonio Conte's Spurs.

Meanwhile, the hosts can leapfrog Manchester United and West Ham United into 5th place if they win, allowing them to keep pace with the top four.

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