Burnley’s Premier League game against Watford postponed because of Covid-19 and injuries among home players

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Burnley’s Premier League game at home to Watford on Tuesday has been postponed because of a high number of players with injuries and Covid-19.

The Turf Moor club had requested postponement earlier on Monday, with manager Sean Dyche saying there were only 10 first-team players training.

League rules state teams must play if they have 13 outfield players and one goalkeeper available.

The Premier League has confirmed Burnley did not have enough players.

A Premier League statement offered an apology “for the inconvenience and disruption caused to supporters who would have attended or watched the game”. It added: “We are fully aware that postponements disappoint clubs and fans.”

The fixture was originally due to be played in December but was called off because of an outbreak at Watford.

The Clarets’ game against Leicester on Saturday was also postponed and 22 top-flight matches have not been rescheduled this season because of coronavirus.

As well as the original Watford fixture, Burnley had games against Aston Villa and Everton postponed in December because of Covid-19 cases among the opposing teams.

Before the latest postponement was confirmed, boss Dyche said: “I can assure you we don’t want to be three, four games behind everyone else.

“We’ve worked hard to get games on. To bring true competitive element to a league you need to put out a team that’s competitive. When you get to a point where you can’t, that needs to be looked at.”


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