Leeds, Wolves EPL games off due to COVID

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Leeds United and Wolverhampton Wanderers have secured Premier League approval for further matches to be postponed due to coronavirus outbreaks in squads.

Leeds' home game against Aston Villa on Tuesday has been called off, having already had Sunday's match at Liverpool postponed.

"The board accepted the postponement application as the club does not have the required number of players available for the match (13 outfield players and one goalkeeper)," the Premier League said in a statement.

Wolves also won't now play at Arsenal on Tuesday, having already been prevented from hosting Watford on Sunday due to a lack of Hornets players.

The Premier League has now called off 15 matches because of coronavirus issues in just over a fornight, with players having to isolate after testing positive or if they are unvaccinated and a close contact of a COVID-19 case.

But Crystal Palace had their request rejected for Sunday's game at Tottenham to be postponed. The league will have considered that Palace had enough players to fulfill the fixture, which the Eagles went on to lose 3-0.

Palace were without manager Patrick Vieira who has started self-isolating for at least a week after contracting COVID-19.

The game at Spurs was one of six Premier League fixtures on the Boxing Day program. Aston Villa announced Saturday that manager Steven Gerrard had tested positive for the coronavirus so he was absent from 3-1 defeat against Chelsea.

Three matches were postponed due to coronavirus infections across squads: Burnley at home to Everton, Liverpool against Leeds at Anfield, and Watford at Wolverhampton.

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