Covid-19 alters Boxing Day: Liverpool-Leeds and Wolves-Watford, postponed

December 23, 2021

Archive image of a Liverpool game. EFE / EPA / Peter Powell.

Sports writing, Dec 23 (EFE) .- The traditional ‘Boxing Day’ of the Premier League, on December 26, suffered this Thursday the postponement of two of its matches due to the incidence of Covid-19: Liverpool- Leeds United and Wolwerhampton-Watford, in both cases at the request of the visiting teams due to not having enough players due to the positive cases detected in both teams, according to the clubs.
“We can confirm that our match with Leeds United at Anfield has been postponed. The Boxing Day match will be rescheduled after the Premier League has ruled that it could not be contested due to the number of Covid-19 positive cases at Leeds.” Liverpool explained on their social networks.
Leeds, coached by Marcelo Bielsa, stated that he has “five new positives within the first team and the ‘staff'”. “All the cases are asymptomatic,” added the entity, which added that this fact, plus the number of “injured” that it has documented before the Premier League, suppose that it does not have “enough” players from its professional squad to dispute the clash in Anfield, as required by the body.
Likewise, Leeds reported that it has closed its sports city for “two days” on the recommendation of the English health service.
In the other game between Wolwerhampton and Watford, the postponement request comes from the second of them, due to the effects of a Covid-19 outbreak, as explained by both clubs.
“Watford continue to have insufficient numbers of players to line up a team after their match against Crystal Palace last Saturday was postponed following a COVID-19 outbreak. As the players come out of isolation, it is expected that the Watford is available for its match on Tuesday, December 28 against West Ham United, “the Premier announced in a statement published by the club itself.