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Aston Villa’s FA Cup tie against Liverpool to go-ahead

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Aston Villa has confirmed that the FA Cup third-round tie against Liverpool will go ahead on Friday night despite COVID-19 outbreak at the club.

The club was forced to close its Bodymoor Heath training ground on Thursday due to the outbreak, and there had been concerns they would have to abandon their match against the Reds.

The club made the announcement through its official Twitter account, saying, “Aston Villa can confirm that the #EmiratesFACup Third Round tie with Liverpool will be played at Villa Park this evening (7.45 pm KO).”

The club’s under-23s coach Mark Delaney is expected to oversee a side made up of under-18 and under-23 players, as it is understood no first-team players will take part.

Southampton’s tie against Shrewsbury was called off on Thursday due to an outbreak at the club.

Middlesbrough’s preparations for their game at Brentford on Saturday have also been disrupted by a series of positive tests.

Boro effectively shut down their Rockliffe Park training headquarters on Monday after positive cases among first-team staff and players had been confirmed.

A further round of testing took place on Thursday morning with the results expected before the weekend.

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