28 Dec 2021 | 10:05 | Football
“Aston Villa has confirmed that head coach Steven Gerrard cannot attend the next two matches in the Premier League against Chelsea and Leeds United, due to being isolated after testing positive for Covid-19,” Aston Villa’s announcement on the evening of December 25 said. paragraph.
According to the English Premier League schedule, the Aston Villa match against Chelsea takes place on the evening of December 26. Two days later, they had to be guests at Leeds.
Not having Gerrard direct is a huge loss for Aston Villa. Since taking office at Villa Park on November 11, the former Liverpool midfielder has helped the team win four of six matches. They only lost the remaining two matches against the two top candidates for the Premier League title: Man City 1-2 and Liverpool 0-1.
Before moving to Aston Villa, Gerrard led Rangers to the 2020-2021 Scottish championship. The 41-year-old coach also set an unbeaten record for the whole Scottish championship season 2020-2021, including 32 wins and six draws.
Last weekend, Aston Villa had to postpone the match against Burnley, because the number of Covid-19 infections in the team spiked.
Aston Villa – Chelsea match is one of six Premier League matches taking place on Gifting Day today, December 26. One of the postponed matches is the Liverpool – Leeds match. Leeds also has many players infected with Covid-19 and injured. The Leeds match against Aston Villa on December 28, therefore, is unlikely to take place.
Today, the top four English leagues have to postpone 25 matches due to Covid-19. The fact that so many matches are postponed is causing experts to worry about the risk that football may be halted for a while like at the beginning of the pandemic.
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