Everton’s match against Newcastle has been postponed due to a COVID-19 outbreak in the Magpies squad, the Leading League has introduced.
Newcastle experienced gone into Monday’s clash towards Manchester United with their squad already depleted by optimistic tests and injuries right before also shedding Callum Wilson and Allan Saint-Maximin to injuries in the course of the 1-1 attract.
“The board acknowledged Newcastle’s postponement software as the club does not have the required range of gamers accessible for the match (13 outfield gamers and a person goalkeeper), due to Covid-19 scenarios and injuries,” a Premier League assertion said.
“The board was able to make its decision in advance of the fixture to give clarity to the impacted clubs and their admirers. We apologise for the inconvenience and disruption caused to supporters’ festive plans.”
The postponement is the most current to impact on the top rated-flight routine, with Tuesday’s game titles amongst Arsenal and Wolves as very well as Leeds compared to Aston Villa also not able to be played.
Subsequent the United game, Newcastle head mentor Eddie Howe experienced admitted the vacation to Everton on Friday early morning (AEDT) was in question, as he was “dangerously close” to not having adequate gamers offered.
Karl Darlow, Ciaran Clark, Matt Ritchie, Joe Willock and the suspended Isaac Hayden were absent from a matchday squad which showcased only eight substitutes.
Total-back again Javier Manquillo then picked up his fifth yellow card of the marketing campaign so would be banned in opposition to Everton.
Everton, managed by former Magpies boss Rafael Benitez, have not played due to the fact December 16 as a result of their personal collection troubles.
The 20th spherical of the EPL has now been reduced to 7 fixtures.