Manchester United’s weekend Premier League game against Brighton & Hove Albion has been postponed amid the mounting COVID-19 cases, the club have confirmed.
The Red Devils had a COVID-19 outbreak within the first-team squad and playing staff on Sunday.
This subsequently led to the postponement of their midweek fixture at Brentford.
Around 17 players returned to training at the Carrington complex on Wednesday, but a lesser number were accounted for on Thursday morning, leading to suggestions of more positive cases.
It is now confirmed that Saturday’s early kick-off against Brighton has been called off.
The Premier League were earlier against the postponement of back-to-back games for a single club.
However, they set the precedence with Tottenham Hotspur having a second-straight league game being postponed earlier today.
Spurs now have three games in hand that need to be rescheduled.
The Premier League have been urged by many managers to halt a single gameweek to allow the clubs affected by coronavirus to break the chain of transmission within players and coaching staff.
There has been no action yet, but it won’t be a surprise if there is a short winter break with four games called off this week.
United may not return to competitive action until December 27. The Red Devils are scheduled to face Newcastle United on the road.
There is a Carabao Cup matchday in between where seven Premier League clubs are expected to feature alongside League One side Sunderland.
Stats from Transfermarkt.com.
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