English Premier League club Aston Villa has confirmed that the club has closed its training ground due to a Coronavirus outbreak. Villa became the fourth Premier League club to suffer the wrath of the deadly virus, adding to growing concerns over whether English football’s top-flight can complete the season on schedule. Villa were forced to cancel training and close their training ground after two rounds of testing returned multiple positive cases of Covid-19 among players and staff.Also Read - Will Develop Booster Shot For New Covid Variant 'Omicron', Says Moderna

“A large number of first-team players and staff returned positive tests after being routinely tested on Monday and immediately went into isolation,” said the English football top-flight side in a statement on Thursday. “A second round of testing was carried out immediately and produced more positive results today.” Also Read - WTO Delays Key Meeting Amid COVID Variant Concerns

The team will cancel first-team training one day ahead of their FA Cup match with Liverpool. But the third-round tie has not been postponed as the club said they were working closely with the Football Association to try to ensure it can go ahead as scheduled. Also Read - World Races to Contain New COVID Threat; Will Flight Restrictions Help as New Virus Variant Emerges?

“Final confirmation will be made tomorrow pending the results of additional Covid-19 testing,” read a statement released by Villa.

On Tuesday, the Premier League confirmed a season-high 40 positive coronavirus cases after two rounds of testing last week.

England entered into national lockdown for the third time on Tuesday to combat the spread of Covid-19, but elite sports are allowed to continue behind closed doors.

Four Premier League matches have been postponed due to the outbreak of coronavirus so far this season. Villa’s next Premier League game is against Tottenham on January 13.

Premier League Southampton’s FA Cup home match against Shrewsbury has already been postponed because there have been a number of positive cases at the League One club.