Everton vs Chelsea: Women's Super League fixture called off due to Covid cases and injuries in hosts' squad

Everton vs Chelsea in the WSL was due to take place on Sunday but has been called off due to Covid cases and injuries in the hosts' squad; Everton revealed they would have been unable to field a team to fulfil the fixture

KINGSTON UPON THAMES, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 12: Pernille Harder of Chelsea is challenged by Izzy Christiansen of Everton during the Barclays FA Women's Super League match between Chelsea Women and Everton Women at Kingsmeadow on September 12, 2021 in Kingston upon Thames, England. (Photo by Harriet Lander - Chelsea FC/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)
Image: Chelsea's Pernille Harder is challenged by Everton's Izzy Christiansen during September's meeting between the sides

Chelsea Women's match at Everton in the Women's Super League on Sunday has been called off due to a number of injuries and Covid cases in the hosts' squad.

Everton revealed they would be unable to select a team to fulfil the fixture and requested a postponement, which has been granted.

Chelsea confirmed that both they and the Football Association were in agreement that the game should be rescheduled.

Everton said that, since last weekend's match against Aston Villa was called off due to Covid, a "significant number" of players and staff had contracted illness or suffered an injury.

No new date has yet been confirmed for the fixture.

The postponement means Everton's next game is due to be the WSL match at West Ham on January 23, while Chelsea's next fixture is also at West Ham, in the Continental Tyres Cup on Wednesday.

Everton have not played since their 1-0 defeat at Tottenham on December 19, while Chelsea's most recent match was their 4-0 loss at Wolfsburg three days earlier.

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Manchester United manager Marc Skinner praises his staff and players after winning his first Manager of the Month award along with forward Ella Toone who picked up Player of the Month

A good first half of the season under Skinner has taken United up to fourth in the WSL table, two points above rivals Manchester City.

Skinner, who previously managed Birmingham City, joined United in the summer from US side Orlando Pride, replacing the outgoing Casey Stoney.

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