Gerrard tests positive for COVID-19 and will not be able to lead Aston Villa in next matches – 12/25/2021

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The rise in COVID-19 cases in the UK has affected another Premier League club. This Saturday, Aston Villa announced that coach Steven Gerrard tested positive for the disease. In this way, he will not be able to take charge of the Birmingham team in the next matches.

Completing the separation, the Liverpool idol is already out of this Sunday’s duel, at home, against Chelsea, for the Premier League. Next Tuesday too, Villain will face Leeds away from home without a coach. For the 2 January game, against Brentford, it is not yet known whether he will appear.

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The UK is facing an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases, especially with the spread of the micron variant, and some clubs have already postponed more than ten matches due to the outbreak. According to the “BBC”, the Premier League has the lowest rate of players being immunized with two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, with 68% of athletes from the top five European leagues. Italy leads the ranking with 98%, followed by France (95%), Germany (94%) and Spain (90%).

For this weekend, in the traditional ‘Boxing Day’ round of the day after Christmas, three games needed to be rearranged: Liverpool x Leeds, Wolverhampton x Watford and Burnley x Everton.

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About the author: Sarah Gracie

Sarahis a reporter covering Amazon. She previously covered tech and transportation, and she broke stories on Uber's finances, self-driving car program, and cultural crisis. Before that, she covered cybersecurity in finance. Sarah's work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Politico, and the Houston Chronicle.

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