The English Premier League match between Arsenal and Wolverhampton Wanderers better known as Wolves earlier scheduled for December 28 has been postponed.
This among others make the 15th EPL game postponed this summer due to the resurgence of the COVID-19 pandemic in recent weeks, Naija News reports.
Wolves is understood to have suffered a setback after recording an alarming number of COVID-19 cases, also having some of its players currently injured and hence not meeting the required number of players expected to be available for their next match.
Confirming the postponement of the Wolves Vs Arsenal game, the Premier League board in a statement released on Boxing Day, December 26, said: “The Premier League Board accepted the postponement application as Wolves do not have the required number of players available for the match (13 outfield players and one goalkeeper) as a result of a number of COVID-19 cases and injuries at the club.”
Naija News understands that Wolves’ Boxing Day match with Watford was one of three games scheduled for the traditional round of matches on December 26 called off due to squads decimated by Covid-19 infections and injuries.
However, that was due to an outbreak in the Watford camp.
Six Premier League games were halted this season in front of full crowds despite Britain battling record coronavirus figures owing to a wave of the Omicron strain of the virus.
Clubs had in the last week rejected the option of temporarily halting the season to allow a circuit breaker for infections.
Meanwhile, the Premier League body on Monday during its meeting, warned that games would be allowed to go ahead if each team has 13 fit outfield players and a goalkeeper.
Across the three divisions below the Premier League, 22 matches in the English Football League (EFL) were postponed on Boxing Day.
No restrictions, however, have yet been put in place for the size of crowds at matches in England, although supporters do have to provide proof of vaccination or a negative test taken in the previous 48 hours.
This article was originally published on Naija News