IAN HERBERT: The REAL issue is the cowardly clubs’ vaccine hypocrisy in the Premier League


Mikel Arteta revealed Arsenal had been compelled to shut their London Colney coaching floor after reporting a ‘few instances’ amongst gamers and employees following their 2-0 victory over West Ham United. Defender Pablo Mari and midfielder Albert Sambi Lokonga have been amongst these to check constructive and subsequently missed the win at Leeds. 

Aston Villa 

Forced to postpone Premier League conflict with Burnley on December 18 simply two hours earlier than kick-off after an elevated quantity of constructive Covid-19 check outcomes inside their taking part in squad. 



The Bees have 13 instances amongst gamers and employees – the membership are actually calling for a circuit-breaker szhutdown to assist golf equipment get better. Their coaching floor has been closed and because of this their journey to Southampton on Saturday has been postponed. 


Would have been with out a number of gamers for Tottenham’s go to on Thursday on account of Covid earlier than the recreation was postponed – regardless of preliminary calls being rejected – hours earlier than kick-off.  Their coaching floor was closed on Thursday morning to include the outbreak however given they’ve an inadequate variety of gamers obtainable, their weekend journey to Everton is additionally off.

Manchester United

Case numbers are presently unknown however a big outbreak noticed their recreation with Brentford postponed. Calls to have Saturday’s recreation with Brighton to be postponed have been accepted on Thursday, and it has emerged that United would have had solely seven obtainable gamers for that recreation such is the impression of the outbreak. Their coaching complicated is closed till Tuesday at the very least, in order to cut back the danger of transmission.



Had a request for Wednesday’s recreation with Wolves to be postponed rejected by the Premier League following an outbreak at the membership. Graham Potter confirmed there have been ‘three to 4’ constructive instances earlier than the recreation, which they misplaced 1-0. Saturday’s recreation with Manchester United has now been postponed.


Manager Dean Smith was dealing with an anxious wait to find the full extent of the outbreak at the membership. Josh Sargent, Lukas Rupp and Pierre Lees-Melou have been absent from the squad that confronted Aston Villa in midweek for ‘Covid-related’ causes, however whereas Christos Tzolis is the solely confirmed participant to check constructive, extra constructive check outcomes have been returned. The Canaries had discussions with the Premier League over Saturday’s conflict with West Ham and it was agreed to postpone as they’ve an inadequate variety of gamers obtainable. 


Saw their midweek recreation with Burnley postponed simply hours earlier than kick-off. With their coaching floor closed, their house match with Crystal Palace has now been confirmed as postponed too. Case numbers are presently unknown however they don’t adequate gamers to fulfil the Palace match.


Spurs have been the first Premier League membership to be hit by the Omicron variant final week and noticed video games in opposition to Brighton and Rennes postponed after instances reached double digits amongst gamers and employees. Those who examined constructive for the virus are anticipated to return in the subsequent couple of days after finishing their 10-day self-isolation interval. Spurs’ conflict with Leicester on Thursday was postponed regardless of preliminary calls for to have the recreation known as off have been rejected, however Sunday’s conflict with Liverpool is on account of go forward.



After Brentford, the Blues turned the newest membership to be hit by a Covid outbreak, after it was confirmed forward of their recreation with Everton that 4 extra first-team gamers had examined constructive. Mateo Kovacic was the first Chelsea participant to get the virus in the outbreak this week, with Romelu Lukaku, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Timo Werner and Ben Chilwell following. Neverthless, their recreation with Everton went forward and was drawn. Despite recording seven constructive Covid instances, the Blues noticed a request for his or her journey to Wolves rejected and Tuchel fumed at the choice to permit the recreation – which ended 0-0 – to go forward on Sunday.


It was confirmed simply an hour earlier than kick-off in opposition to Newcastle on Thursday night time that Fabinho, Curtis Jones and Virgil van Dijk have been all out having examined constructive for Covid. Midfielder Thiago additionally examined constructive for Covid earlier than Sunday’s journey to Spurs and Jurgen Klopp stated it is ‘not potential’ for the Reds to proceed taking part in if extra gamers fall unwell. 

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