Burnley vs Watford postponed after Covid outbreak in Hornets squad
It is the third Premier League game to be postponed
Burnley's Premier League match at home against Watford on Wednesday has been postponed because of an ongoing Covid outbreak within the Hornets' squad.
The crucial game in the battle to avoid relegation was postponed just three hours before Claudio Ranieri's side were due to play at Turf Moor.
It becomes the third fixture to be postponed due to coronavirus this season, with Manchester United's match against Brentford on Tuesday postponed and Tottenham Hotspurs's game against Brighton at the weekend also cancelled.
🚨 We can confirm that tonight’s match against Watford has been postponed due to an ongoing Covid outbreak within the opposition squad.
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— Burnley FC (@BurnleyOfficial) December 15, 2021
A Premier League statement read: "It is with regret the Premier League Board has postponed Burnley FC's home fixture against Watford FC, due to be played this evening (Wednesday 15 December) at 7.30pm.
"The decision was taken following guidance from medical advisers due to an ongoing COVID-19 outbreak within Watford's squad. As a result, the club has an insufficient number of First Team players available to fulfil the match.
"The Premier League understands this decision will disappoint and frustrate fans who were due to attend this evening's game and apologises for the inconvenience and disruption caused at such short notice.
"In considering any application to postpone, the Board considers a range of sporting and medical factors. Each decision is taken on a case-by-case basis with everyone's health of utmost importance
"In light of the recent rise in COVID-19 cases across the country, the Premier League has reintroduced Emergency Measures. These include protocols such as more frequent testing, wearing face coverings while indoors, observing social distancing and limiting treatment time."