Coronavirus: Manchester City Women’s game against West Ham United postponed

WSL fixture was due to be played on Saturday but the FA has decided to postpone the match following four positive COVID-19 cases and a number of other mitigating factors affecting the City squad; Arsenal also request their game against Aston Villa to be called off.

Manchester City Women have had recorded four positive COVID-19 cases following the WSL winter break
Image: Manchester City Women have had recorded four positive COVID-19 cases following the WSL winter break

Manchester City Women’s game against West Ham United Women has been postponed due to coronavirus.

The WSL fixture was due to be played on Saturday but the FA has decided to postpone the match following four positive COVID-19 cases and a number of other mitigating factors affecting the City squad.

It is understood the decision was made after an additional player was forced to self-isolate as a precaution due to a member of their household testing positive.

Gareth Taylor's side also have Rose Lavelle and Sam Mewis on international duty, plus a number of injuries.

The unnamed players who have tested positive will also miss the League Cup quarter-final at home to Chelsea on January 13 - with no indication at the moment this will also be called off.

In the meantime, the training areas at the Etihad complex used by the women's team are also being deep cleaned in compliance with Covid-19 protocols.

It follows six players in City's men's side testing positive for the virus with defender Eric Garcia the latest to undergo a period of self-isolation following an outbreak in the men's squad.

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Pep Guardiola's side saw their Premier League fixture against Everton, scheduled for December 28, postponed hours before the game as a result of the outbreak in the men's side.

The club announced Kyle Walker and Gabriel Jesus had tested positive for Covid-19 on Christmas Day, with a further four first-team players since confirmed to have been affected, in addition to three members of backroom staff.

A new date for the WSL game against the Hammers will be confirmed in due course.

Arsenal request postponement over Covid

Arsenal Women have requested the FA postpones their WSL game against Aston Villa on Saturday, after at least one positive coronavirus case at the club.

It was reported three players visited Dubai on a "business trip" in recent days with an announcement to be made by the FA later on Thursday.

Manchester City Women lifted the Women's FA Cup for the third time in four seasons back in November
Image: Manchester City Women lifted the Women's FA Cup for the third time in four seasons back in November

Coin toss to decide FA Cup games?

The Women's FA Cup ties could be decided by a coin toss after the lockdown meant the competition was suspended.

Meetings have since been held to discuss ways to progress with the tournament with a coin toss one of a number of options being considered for the second and third rounds.

It's understood there would be similar discussions surrounding the men's tournament if they were in the same situation.

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