ASTON VILLA'S FA Cup third-round clash with Liverpool WILL go ahead as planned, with the Villans forced to field a team of kids.
The Midlands side held emergency talks with the FA on Thursday after a 'significant' coronavirus outbreak at the club.
Their Bodymoor Heath training ground was closed after a large number of first-team players and staff tested positive.
But they have been given the green light to play their third-round tie after agreeing to field a team of youth stars.
Under-23 coach Mark Delaney will be in charge of a youth team, with boss Dean Smith and assistants John Terry, Richard O’Kelly and Craig Shakespeare all in isolation.
The clash will go ahead as planned, with kick-off 7.45pm on Friday January 8.
Taking to Twitter, the club revealed: "Aston Villa can confirm that the #EmiratesFACup Third Round tie with Liverpool will be played at Villa Park this evening (7.45pm KO)."
The news comes as a major boost to the FA Cup, with the competition ravaged by clubs being hit hard by Covid-19.
Shrewsbury’s match with Southampton on Saturday has already been postponed following an outbreak at the League One club.
The League One side face being kicked out of the competition, but could be saved by a the 'double-draw'.
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Doubts also hang over Middlesbrough’s game at Brentford, while Derby will field a shadow side against non-league Chorley.
Villa’s entire first-team squad are now isolating, putting Wednesday’s home Premier League game against Tottenham in question.
Next Saturday’s home clash with Everton is also in doubt, sparking another fixture crisis.
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