Leeds United's Boxing Day game against Liverpool called off

23 Dec 2021 12:08 pm, by YorkshireSquare

Leeds United have confirmed that their Boxing Day match against Liverpool at Anfield is the latest to be called off due to five positive Covid-19 cases within the first team squad and staff. All cases detected are asymptomatic but with both players and staff having to isolate for at least seven days along with the ongoing injury crisis at the club, Leeds are unable to field enough first team players for the game to go ahead. A statement from the club reads…

Leeds United are disappointed to confirm that our Boxing Day fixture with Liverpool has been postponed following five new positive COVID cases within the first-team squad and staff. All of the cases we have experienced are asymptomatic which we believe is due to our high vaccine take up.

The positive cases, combined with our well documented injury issues, means that we would not have enough recognised first-team players to meet the Premier League requirements for the fixture.

The training ground at Thorp Arch will be closed for a period of two days on the advice of Public Health England.

All tickets and official travel booked for the Liverpool game will be valid for the rearranged date, further details to be announced in due course.

The statement also puts in doubt Leeds United's next home game against Aston Villa on Tuesday 28th December. Coming in just five days time it is likely that many of the squad will still be self-isolating. Wolves game against Watford has also been called off. Watford have also had games against Burnley, Crystal Palace and Wolves postponed. The Premier League advised Watford continue to have an insufficient number of players to field a team.

With more than 10 games already called off league managers will meet with the Premier League on Thursday to discuss issues around the Covid-19 pandemic. The Premier League clubs decided on Monday to not make any changes to the festive schedule but it’s already looking like the festive fixture list could be decimated by postponements. With the World Cup next season it could mean a real fixture pile up later in the season as the rearranged games are crammed into the schedule.

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eastyorkshirewhite wrote on 23 Dec 2021 09:54 pm

What a lot of people might not have realised if we end up with a few games cancelled we could end up with having a fixture backlog which could hit us really hard as well.

Lumiukko wrote on 23 Dec 2021 07:30 pm

Actually happy about this news. We really need some players back from injury and/or recovering from small knocks. Some quality time with their families will also allow them to freshen up for the battle from the drop.

eastyorkshirewhite wrote on 23 Dec 2021 07:04 pm

1964white wrote: Thu Dec 23, 2021 3:19 pm What? getting battered enjoyable as we haven't got enough players fit to be competitive.

This is a welcome relief for our depleted squad.

We need the likes of Bamford, Llorente, Cooper, Struijk, James, Firpo, Rodrigo, Cresswell, etc back in the match day squad a.s.a.p to give us half a chance of winning football matches. Unfortunately, Kalvin won't be fit until at least mid-February, a massive miss!

It's a distinct possibility our next league game maybe West Ham on 16th January '22 which hopefully will help our cause & also give the likes of Dallas, Klich, Harrison time to freshen up after a break.
At the end of the day it,s a football match yes we ha ve injuries covid is a different thing.As a youngster i really looked forward to the games over christmas.A lot of youngster,s will be disappointed as a trip to the game would have been their christmas treat.

White Riot wrote on 23 Dec 2021 05:53 pm

1964white wrote: Thu Dec 23, 2021 5:34 pm We need to arrange this game when Salah & Mane are away on African Cup duty during late January

I doubt scruffy Klopp would agree, though. :lol:
He'll be crying like a twat about that :)

White Riot wrote on 23 Dec 2021 05:52 pm

Hallelujah ❤️