LATEST: Key update over EFL Covid talks to decide way forward for Portsmouth, Sunderland, Birmingham City, Nottingham Forest, Derby County and Co

Pompey are getting set for D-Day for their season as the EFL hold talks to decide the path forward as Covid cases rocket.

By Jordan Cross
Monday, 20th December 2021, 6:39 pm
EFL clubs are set for Covid talks
EFL clubs are set for Covid talks

Discussions are scheduled for tomorrow between club representatives and the Football League, to ascertain the best way to tackle the challenges faced by the spread of the Omicron variant of the disease.

A ‘circuit breaker’ and pausing the season is likely to be on the table along with postponing a single round of games over the Christmas period.

Eyes will be on the Premier League, who were today holding their own meeting on the issues after six of their 10 weekend games didn’t go ahead.

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EFL chairman, Rick Parry, spoke about the league’s position on Saturday as he said there was no scientific evidence to suggest a circuit breaker would be beneficial.

Parry did add the league were aware scientists wanted more data to decide whether such a move would be prudent moving forward.

The news comes with Pompey seeing a second successive game bite the dust, as their Papa John’s Trophy trip to Exeter City was postponed.

That’s as a result of a Covid outbreak in Danny Cowley’s squad, with a number of Blues players also continuing to be impacted by the virus which has seen players sidelined over the past couple of weeks.

The News understands there are also players affected by coronavirus in the Exeter camp, despite that not being the case at the weekend as Port Vale called off their League Two fixture.

EFL rules dictate clubs must fulfil their fixture obligations if they have 14 players available, after switching to red protocols last week which also means daily testing for squad members.

Pompey are due to entertain Oxford United on Boxing Day before travelling to Plymouth on December 29.

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