Newcastle Covid cases, injuries cause Everton match to be postponed | premier league
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Newcastle’s match at Everton on Thursday was called off due to injuries and Covid-19 cases within the Magpies squad.
Eddie Howe said on Monday that Newcastle were “dangerously close” to not being able to field a side for the game at Goodison Park after their 1-1 draw with Manchester United.
Newcastle were only able to name eight substitutes, including two goalkeepers, and then lost Callum Wilson, Ryan Fraser and Allan Saint-Maximin to injury during the game. Additionally, Javier Manquillo received his fifth booking of the season to earn a suspension.
A Premier League statement on Tuesday night said: “Everton’s game against Newcastle at Goodison Park, which was to be played in 1930 on Thursday 30 December, has unfortunately been postponed.
“The board accepted Newcastle’s postponement request as the club do not have the required number of players available for the game (13 outfielders and a goalkeeper), due to cases of Covid-19 and injuries.
“The board was able to make its decision before the match to provide clarification to the clubs concerned and their fans. We apologize for the inconvenience and disruption caused to the supporters’ party plans.”
This is the last Premier League game to be postponed this week after Arsenal v Wolves and Leeds v Aston Villa, which were due to be played on December 28.
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