The coach of the Aston Villa, Steven Gerrard, has tested positive for covid-19 And he will not be on his team’s bench for the games against Chelsea (Sunday 26) and Leeds United (Tuesday 28), as announced by the Birmingham club.
“Aston Villa can confirm that coach Steven Gerrard will not be able to attend our next two Premier League matches against Chelsea and Leeds United, as he will be isolated after testing positive for covid-19,” says a statement published in the club website.
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The coronavirus continues to grow in its incidence in the Premier League, which has already had to postpone three Boxing Day matches for this reason. The meeting between Aston Villa and Burnley, of the past day, already had to be postponed due to the numerous cases in the squad of the Birmingham team. His coach, Steven Gerrard, is the latter.
Under the threat of covid-19 that has already caused the suspension of three matches scheduled in the program, the Premier awaits the day known as ‘Boxing Day’, a tradition and a party in the Premier that liven up the busy schedule of English football in the Christmas period.
Far from stopping, the Premier accelerates. British football takes the opportunity to go through days. It offers a show during vacation time, especially for young people, and uses sport as a notable alternative to leisure time.
In almost a week and a half the English league covers three days. In those nine days, only one will not have a game. The rest of the dates are busy. An attention to the follower. But beyond that, December 26 is the day reserved for the so-called boxing day.
A holiday that fills the stadiums with atmosphere to become part of the tradition. A date reserved for the follower to come and enjoy. In fact, the matches usually face teams that are geographically close, with small distances that the fan can assume. Legend has it that the name comes from the Middle Ages.
The nobility gave a box to the servants that day as a reward for the work done throughout the year. The growing incidence of Covid that has caused numerous suspensions in recent days, left the staging of boxing day in the air.
However, the Premier League clubs decided last Monday to keep the schedule planned for these dates despite the fact that a dozen games were canceled in the last ten days.
Two of the crashes scheduled for this nineteenth date, the last of the first round, have already been suspended. It is about Liverpool against Leeds United and the one that was going to face Wolverhampton and Watford.
In sports, the Manchester City of the Spanish Pep Guardiola can be proclaimed winter champion on boxing day and widen the distance with respect to his pursuers.
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The positives continue in the Premier League: will there be ‘Boxing Day’?