Burnley sees another game postponed as Watford’s game is delayed again

Sean Dyche’s side have seen another match postponed (Image: Getty Images)

Burnley’s clash with Watford Tuesday’s Premier League game has been postponed, Covid and injuries continue to affect the Clarets.

Manager Sean Dyche said on Monday that he has only 10 first-team players in training, with league rules stipulating that teams must play if they have a goalkeeper and 13 players available on the field. .

The Watford game was first scheduled to be played in December, but the Hornets had to withdraw due to their own Covid outbreak, while Burnley also saw games with Aston Villa and Eveton adjourned to December.

Most recently, the Clarets had to postpone Saturday’s game against Leicester, meaning Dyche has a very busy schedule ahead of them.

The Burnley coach said: ‘I can assure you we don’t want to lose the others three, four games.

‘We worked hard to start the game. To bring a real competitive element to a tournament, you need to come up with a competitive team. When you get to a point where you can’t, that needs to be considered. ‘

A Premier League statement read: ‘Premier League leadership has accepted Burnley’s application with the club having less than the required number of players for the match (13 outfield players and one goalkeeper). ), due to ongoing COVID-19 cases, injuries and representation at the Cup of African Nations.

‘This comes after Burnley’s home game against Leicester City on Saturday is called off.

‘The League apologizes for the inconvenience and disruption caused to supporters, who attended or watched the match – we are fully aware that postponing the game will cause clubs and fans to disappointed grave.

‘The League aims to provide as much clarity as possible, but unfortunately sometimes postponements of matches have to be done at short notice, as safety is our priority.

‘If possible, the League will try to keep supporters informed if matches are at risk.

‘The Premier League’s postponement rules are designed to protect the health of players and staff, while maintaining the sporting integrity of the competition.

‘Club claims are assessed on a case-by-case basis, based on existing rules and adjusted COVID-19 postponement guidance, implemented based on the Omicron variant.

‘The board examines a number of factors, including a club’s ability to create a team; the status, severity, and potential impact of COVID-19; and the players’ ability to prepare and play the game safely.

‘The details in all applications are scrutinized by the Federation’s specialist staff before the Board makes a decision.’

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