Manchester United’s Premier League trip to Brentford on Tuesday has been called off after the club announced a 24-hour closure of their Carrington training facility due to a rising Covid-19 outbreak.
On Sunday, United said that a “limited number” of first-team players and staff had tested positive for lateral flow.
“Manchester United can confirm that following PCR test confirmation of yesterday’s positive LFT [lateral flow test] Covid-19 cases among the first-team staff and players, the decision has been taken to close down first-team operations at the Carrington Training Complex for 24 hours, to minimise the risk of any further infection,” the club said in a statement released on Monday afternoon.
“Individuals who tested positive are isolating per Premier League protocols.
“Given the cancellation of training and disruption to the squad, and with the health of players and staff the priority, the club is in discussion with the Premier League whether it is safe for Tuesday’s fixture against Brentford to continue, both from a Covid-19 infection and player preparation perspective.
“Team and staff travel to London will be deferred pending the result of that discussion.”
It comes after an outbreak of Covid-19 at Tottenham Hotspur in the previous week, which forced the club’s games against Rennes and Brighton to be cancelled.
Spurs have apparently seen further breakouts this week, and have been forced to send their whole under-23 team home from Hotspur Way owing to the worsening situation.
With the Premier League’s Christmas schedule requiring teams to play and travel several times in a short amount of time, and the British authorities forecasting a surge of new illnesses from the virus’s Omicron form, additional disruption is anticipated.