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Burnley and Watford hopeful of playing on Tuesday despite COVID-19 uncertainty - The Athletic

Burnley and Watford are preparing to play Tuesday’s rearranged Premier League fixture as planned — despite uncertainties over the fixture because of a...

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Burnley and Watford are preparing to play Tuesday’s rearranged Premier League fixture as planned — despite uncertainties over the fixture because of a COVID-19 outbreak at the Turf Moor side.

The Athletic understands that Burnley are still preparing for the fixture to go ahead but a late postponement request could yet be made dependent on the outcome of a further set of COVID-19 test results on Monday.

It is thought that Burnley had only 11 players in training on Thursday and Friday, with manager Sean Dyche isolating following a positive COVID-19 test.

His assistant, Ian Woan, took charge of the side during their 2-1 defeat by Huddersfield Town in the FA Cup third round on January 8.

Watford are still keen for the Burnley match to go ahead, despite it being scheduled in between two key games against relegation rivals — the 1-1 draw at Newcastle United on Saturday and the visit of Norwich City on Friday. The Hertfordshire club are still intending to travel to Burnley this afternoon rather than change their usual plans.

Dyche is due to speak to the media later today and is expected to provide more clarity on the situation.

Watford also have two other matches against Crystal Palace and Wolverhampton Wanderers which are yet to be rearranged, while Burnley have games against Tottenham Hotspur, Aston Villa, Everton and Leicester that need a new date.

This fixture has already had to be rearranged this season, with the Turf Moor match called off just two-and-a-half hours before kick-off on December 15.

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