Aston Villa will have to field their Under-23 side against Liverpool in the FA cup third round after a “large number” of positive tests.

The Cvoid-19 breakout has created havoc at the Premier League side. Thus, forcing their entire first team squad and staff into isolation.

After another rise in cases at the club, they were forced to close their Bodymoor Heath training ground.

An Aston Villa statement said: “A large number of first team players and staff returned positive tests on Monday and immediately went into isolation.

“A second round of testing was carried out immediately and produced more positive results today.”

What now?

As a result Villa will be led by U23s boss Mark Delaney, and will field an Under 23s side.

However, this is reminiscent of last years Carabao cup quarter finals, which saw Liverpool field their Under-23’s against Villa.

That was due to a fixture clash between the Villain’s and Liverpool, with Villa running out 5-0 winners.

Aston Villa vs Liverpool is not the only fixture to be thrown into doubt in this weekend’s FA cup.

Southampton are set to be awarded a walkover victory against Shrewsbury Town, as the League two side returned a high number of positive cases. This meaning Saturday’s tie has been abandoned.

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Additionally, Championship side Derby will take on Non-league Chorley with no first team players available, providing an opportunity for an FA cup upset.

Villa will now turn their attention to being able to face Tottenham and Everton in the Premier League on Wednesday and Saturday respectively.

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