Aston Villa vs Liverpool FA Cup Tie To Go Ahead.


Aston Villa’s FA Cup tie with Liverpool on Friday night is expected to go ahead but Wednesday’s Premier League game against Tottenham is in doubt after an outbreak of coronavirus in the first-team squad.
Villa are set to be without their entire first team, along with boss Dean Smith and assistants John Terry, Craig Shakespeare and Richard O’Kelly, as they are isolating.
It means the Premier League side will be relying on their U23s and U18s, who were all tested for the virus on Thursday, for the tie to go ahead. Results are being fast-tracked so the club can know by Friday lunchtime.
Villa’s U23s coach Mark Delaney will take charge of the team, if the game goes ahead.
Villa’s hierarchy are hopeful the youth players are clear of the virus.
Villa have always segregated a “red zone” within the Bodymoor Heath training ground since the return to play in summer, where only members of the first-team bubble are allowed; it has remained cordoned off to the junior teams

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