- December 13, 2021
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Breaking! Man Utd’s clash with Brentford under threat after several players test positive for Covid-19
Tuesday’s Premier League match between Brentford and Manchester United has been placed in doubt after a number of Ralf Rangnick’s squad tested positive for Covid-19.
United won 1-0 at Norwich on Saturday, with a late penalty from Cristiano Ronaldo. Everyone who traveled to Carrow Road had tested negative in the last round of routine tests. However, on Sunday morning, a small number of positive lateral flow tests were found among the players and staff, who were all sent home. The rest of the squad trained outdoors and the schedule was adjusted, taking in individual and non-contact sessions.
It is understood the Premier League has been notified of the results by United and it is not clear if Tuesday night’s match at Brentford will be able to go ahead.
Last week, eight Tottenham players and five staff members had returned positive tests with Spurs’ matches against Rennes and Brighton postponed as a result. Their Europa Conference League game has to be rescheduled and could be forfeited.
On Saturday, West Brom were hit by an outbreak, with four defenders testing positive before their match with Reading. Sheffield United’s clash with QPR at Bramall Lane on Monday has been postponed after the visitors returned a number of positive coronavirus cases and were left with “insufficient numbers to fulfill the fixture”.
This fresh outbreak comes amid growing concern about Covid-19 in football, as well as the United Kingdom as a whole.
Tottenham have already had to postpone two fixtures, against Rennes in the Europa Conference League and Brighton in the top flight, after eight players tested positive.
Leicester and Norwich have also been struck by a coronavirus in recent weeks.
United, meanwhile, is already facing the busy festive schedule with a squad depleted through injury.
Paul Pogba is a long-term absentee with a thigh complaint while Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Raphael Varane are among the first-team regulars on the sidelines.