The variety of matches postponed as a result of coronavirus outbreaks continues to mount with 19 of Wednesday’s fixtures in England now known as off.
The Yorkshire derby between Sheffield United and Hull, within the Sky Wager Championship, was among the many newest to fall sufferer.
Simply 11 fixtures stay on throughout the divisions, together with each scheduled video games within the Premier League. Leaders Manchester Metropolis are as a result of go to Brentford whereas third-placed Chelsea are at residence to Brighton.
On Tuesday, Hull introduced their journey to Bramall Lane had joined a listing of postponed Championship video games which already included Birmingham v Peterborough, Studying v Fulham and Swansea v Luton.
Hull, whose Boxing Day conflict towards Blackburn was postponed simply over two hours earlier than kick-off, mentioned in an announcement: “Our match at Sheffield United on Wednesday, December 29 has been postponed as a result of Tigers having an inadequate variety of gamers obtainable to fulfil the fixture.
“The membership has labored laborious to make sure it has been capable of play the sport.
“Nevertheless, taking into consideration the accidents and constructive Covid-19 circumstances within the squad, we do not need the required numbers for the match to happen.”
League One has now seen the postponement of six video games. These already known as off at Burton and Charlton had been joined on Tuesday by the MK Dons v Cheltenham, Plymouth v Portsmouth, Wigan v Fleetwood and Rotherham v Lincoln fixtures.
Plymouth have additionally had their New 12 months’s Day conflict with AFC Wimbledon known as off, whereas Fleetwood’s journey to Sunderland on January 2 has gone the identical manner.
A press release on Fleetwood’s web site learn: “Fleetwood City’s Sky Wager League One fixtures towards Wigan Athletic and Sunderland on Wednesday 29 December and Sunday 2 January respectively have been postponed.
“The membership has labored laborious to make sure that it has been capable of fulfil the fixture, nevertheless, taking into consideration the variety of accidents and constructive Covid-19 circumstances inside the squad, the membership doesn’t have a adequate variety of gamers obtainable to be able to fulfil the fixture.
“Rearranged dates can be confirmed for each fixtures sooner or later.”
Rotherham confirmed their postponement in an announcement explaining Lincoln had fallen foul of rising Covid circumstances.
“Lincoln Metropolis knowledgeable the Millers and the EFL on Tuesday afternoon that they might be unable to fulfil the fixture at AESSEAL New York Stadium as a result of numerous constructive COVID-19 circumstances of their squad,” learn a Rotherham assertion.
“At current, Rotherham United aren’t conscious of any constructive circumstances inside our personal taking part in squad.”
League Two has been hit notably laborious with solely two of the deliberate 11 fixtures remaining.
Tranmere’s go to to Hartlepool, Colchester’s journey to Sutton and the conflict between Rochdale and Port Vale had been the newest to go.
“The membership has labored laborious to make sure that it has been capable of fulfil all fixtures,” learn a Tranmere assertion.
“Nevertheless, taking into consideration the accidents and constructive Covid-19 circumstances with the squad, the membership doesn’t have a adequate variety of gamers obtainable to be able to fulfil the fixture.
“In gentle of the elevated transmission fee of the Omicron variant, the EFL will now overview the circumstances surrounding the postponement.
“As well as it’ll help affected golf equipment all through this difficult interval to assist them mitigate towards the danger of an infection amongst gamers and employees, whereas guaranteeing their obligations to the EFL rules are maintained.”
Colchester have additionally been hit by Covid-19 and the membership mentioned in an announcement: “Just like the Orient fixture on Boxing Day, every little thing doable was carried out to make sure that the fixture may happen however accidents and constructive Covid-19 circumstances inside the U’s squad meant there isn’t the adequate variety of gamers obtainable to be able to fulfil the fixture.”