Aston Villa latest Prem club to suffer Covid outbreak with training cancelled as fears grow over more games being axed

ASTON VILLA are the latest club to suffer from a coronavirus outbreak as they closed their training ground on Sunday.

Manchester United have also been hit by an outbreak that could threaten their midweek trip to Brentford.

Tottenham also recorded a number of positive tests earlier in the week which saw their games against Rennes and Brighton called off.

Spurs are now facing a fixture pile up in January having also had Burnley called off last month because of bad weather.

Meanwhile, Chelsea midfielder Mateo Kovacic was ruled out of Saturday's match against Leeds due to Covid – just a day after he returned to training after injury.

And QPR's fixture against Sheffield United on Monday is off after the London outfit were hit by a Covid outbreak.

According to The Athletic, the Villans have now been struck by the virus, with the club deciding to cancel Sunday's recovery session at Bodymoor Heath.

They state that just one player has contracted the deadly bug, while staff members at their training ground have tested positive.

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At this stage, it remains unclear if any of the positive cases involved the players from the 1-0 defeat against Liverpool at Anfield.

Villa are said to be hopeful that their clash away at Norwich on Tuesday will go ahead.

It has been claimed that training is expected to go ahead on Monday at Bodymoor Heath.

Villa currently sit 12th in the Premier League after winning three out of their last five games under the tutelage of boss Steven Gerrard.

Gerrard will be keen for the game to go ahead as he looks for his team to bounce back to winning ways in his bid to move into the top ten.

From this week, supporters will need to prove they have been double jabbed or proof of a negative lateral flow test to be allowed into games with a capacity of over 4,000.

Last week, German giants Bayern Munich confirmed matches would once again be played behind closed doors due to the spiralling number of positive Covid cases.

Bayern won't allow fans into the Allianz Arena until next year at the earliest.

And the Premier League are claimed to potentially follow in their footsteps as clubs fear a Christmas lockdown at grounds.

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