Mikel Arteta revealed Arsenal had been pressured 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 had been amongst these to check optimistic and subsequently missed the win at Leeds.
Forced to postpone Premier League conflict with Burnley on December 18 simply two hours earlier than kick-off after an elevated quantity of optimistic Covid-19 take a look at 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 in consequence 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 attributable to Covid earlier than the sport was postponed – regardless of preliminary calls being rejected – hours earlier than kick-off. Their coaching floor was closed on Thursday morning to comprise the outbreak however given they have an inadequate variety of gamers obtainable, their weekend journey to Everton can also be off.
Case numbers are presently unknown however a big outbreak noticed their sport with Brentford postponed. Calls to have Saturday’s sport with Brighton to be postponed had been accepted on Thursday, and it has emerged that United would have had solely seven obtainable gamers for that sport such is the impression of the outbreak. Their coaching advanced is closed till Tuesday not less than, with a purpose to cut back the chance of transmission.
Had a request for Wednesday’s sport with Wolves to be postponed rejected by the Premier League following an outbreak on the membership. Graham Potter confirmed there have been ‘three to 4’ optimistic instances earlier than the sport, which they misplaced 1-0. Saturday’s sport with Manchester United has now been postponed.
Manager Dean Smith was dealing with an anxious wait to find the total extent of the outbreak on the membership. Josh Sargent, Lukas Rupp and Pierre Lees-Melou had been absent from the squad that confronted Aston Villa in midweek for ‘Covid-related’ causes, however whereas Christos Tzolis is the one confirmed participant to check optimistic, extra optimistic take a look at 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 have an inadequate variety of gamers obtainable.
Saw their midweek sport with Burnley postponed simply hours earlier than kick-off. With their coaching floor closed, their dwelling match with Crystal Palace has now been confirmed as postponed too. Case numbers are presently unknown however they do not enough gamers to fulfil the Palace match.
Spurs had been the primary 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 optimistic for the virus are anticipated to return within 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 sport known as off had been rejected, however Sunday’s conflict with Liverpool is because of go forward.
After Brentford, the Blues turned the most recent membership to be hit by a Covid outbreak, after it was confirmed forward of their sport with Everton that 4 extra first-team gamers had examined optimistic. Mateo Kovacic was the primary Chelsea participant to get the virus within the outbreak this week, with Romelu Lukaku, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Timo Werner and Ben Chilwell following. Neverthless, their sport with Everton went forward and was drawn. Despite recording seven optimistic Covid instances, the Blues noticed a request for their journey to Wolves rejected and Tuchel fumed on the resolution to permit the sport – 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 had been all out having examined optimistic for Covid. Midfielder Thiago additionally examined optimistic for Covid earlier than Sunday’s journey to Spurs and Jurgen Klopp mentioned it’s ‘not potential’ for the Reds to proceed taking part in if extra gamers fall in poor health.