The Premier League has confirmed that five league matches scheduled for the weekend will not hold anymore, amid coronavirus outbreaks.
While many teams are struggling with the coronavirus outbreak, the Premier League has reveals that not all games will be called off.
The Premier League have made the decision to postpone several matches this week as the highly contagious Omicron variant threatens to disrupt the game.
Chelsea have up to four players who have been ruled out due to the virus, but Blues boss Thomas Tuchel has said he has not asked the Premier League to postpone the fixture despite the outbreak in his squad.
“I don’t lose my concentration or energy with questions like this,” the Chelsea boss said.
“I’m pretty sure Petr [Cech] and Marina [Granovskaia] take care of this.”
“We are in close contact with our doctors.
“At some point it’s getting difficult in terms of overuse of players, but I was not involved in these thoughts.”
Explaining why some games weren’t called off and the yardstick for calling off games, the Premier League explained in a statement:
“It will assess a number of factors, including the ability of a club to field a team; the status, severity and potential impact of the COVID-19 outbreak at the club; and the ability of the players to safely prepare for and play the match.
“The Board must also consider the wider risks to the opposition and other people the club representatives may come into contact with.
“With the health and wellbeing of all players and staff the priority, and 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.”
These are the games that have been cancelled so far: Southampton v Brentford, Watford v Crystal Palace and West Ham v Norwich, and Sunday’s match Everton vs Leicester City.
Manchester United’s game against Brighton on Saturday has also been called off.