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Liverpool v Leeds one of three Boxing Day games off as Covid cases surge

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Liverpool’s Boxing Day clash against Leeds at Anfield and Watford’s trip to Wolves at Molineux have both been postponed as a result of Covid-19.

Both matches were due to be played on Sunday at 12.30 but were postponed following requests from Leeds and Watford.

The Premier League board met on Thursday morning and agreed to the requests from the clubs.

In a statement, the Premier League said: “The League aims to provide as much clarity as possible. Unfortunately postponements sometimes have to be made at short notice, as safety is the priority.

“The League will endeavour to keep supporters updated if games become at risk on a matchday.

“The Board concluded that Leeds United will not be able to fulfil their fixture this weekend. This is due to the number of players with COVID-19, injuries and illness.

“The club’s training ground has also been closed after consultation with the UK Health Security Agency and the Premier League.”

The statement continued: “Watford FC continue to have an insufficient number of players to field a team after their game against Crystal Palace FC last Saturday was postponed following a COVID-19 outbreak.

“Due to players coming out of isolation, it is fully expected Watford will be available for their fixture on Tuesday 28 December, against West Ham United.”

Preston v Sheffield United also off

Preston’s Sky Bet Championship match at home to Sheffield United on Boxing Day has been postponed. This time, it is the due to the number of positive Covid-19 cases in the North End squad.

The Lancashire club informed the EFL on Thursday morning. They have since put out a statement confirming the postponement.

It read: “The club have taken immediate action to shut the training ground temporarily in order to mitigate any potential further spread of the virus.

“We apologise for the disappointment that this postponement causes to supporters of both clubs. However the priority remains the health and safety of everybody connected with the club at this time.”

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