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Aston Villa vs Liverpool FA Cup tie to go ahead but Tottenham Premier League game in doubt

Aston Villa have confirmed their FA Cup tie with Liverpool on Friday night will go ahead but Wednesday's Premier League game against Tottenham is in doubt after an outbreak of coronavirus in the first-team squad.

Villa are set to be without their entire first team, along with boss Dean Smith and assistants John Terry, Craig Shakespeare and Richard O'Kelly, as they are isolating.

Despite fears the game could be postponed, Villa confirmed the match would be played on Friday morning on their official Twitter account.

The Premier League side will be relying on their U23s and U18s, who were all tested for the virus on Thursday, to play the tie against the reigning champions of England. Villa's U23s coach Mark Delaney will take charge of the team.

The outbreak in Villa's first-team squad has been described to Sky Sports News as "rampant" and it is thought the spread is much more extensive than it was with Fulham and Newcastle earlier this season.

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