Burnley-Watford has been postponed due to the Clarets’ loss of players to Covid.


Burnley’s match against relegation rivals Watford on Tuesday has been postponed after the Premier League granted the Clarets’ request for a delay due to a shortage of players.
Only 10 first-team players took part in training on the day before the club requested the postponement, according to Burnley manager Sean Dyche, who spoke at a press conference on Monday.
Burnley, according to Dyche, is in a worse position than they were before the Premier League agreed to postpone Saturday’s match against Leicester due to Charlie Taylor’s injury in training.

“We’re at such a strained point in time,” Dyche explained, “that it’s quite difficult all round.”
“The Premier League board accepted Burnley’s application with the club having fewer than the required number of players available for the match (13 outfield players and one goalkeeper), due to ongoing Covid-19 cases, injuries, and representation at the Africa Cup of Nations,” according to a statement released late by Burnley and the Premier League.
Burnley’s request to the Premier League for a postponement was not taken lightly, according to Dyche, amid worries over an increasing frequency of postponements.
“When we’ve been strained, we’ve tried really hard to get games on, but it’s simply too far below the barrier,” he said.

Dyche would not say how many of his players had Covid-19, but he emphasized that the problem was more than just a matter of numbers.
“There are also some ‘double bubbles.’ Johann (Berg Gudmundsson) has been hurt and is being treated by Covid… There’s a jumble of things going on, and it pushes you to your limits “He went on to explain.
Burnley’s match on Saturday was the fourth this season to be called off due to Covid-19, but it was the first time the request came from the northwest side.
The Watford match had already been postponed due to positive cases in the Hornets’ camp. It was originally scheduled for December 15 but had to be rescheduled.

Burnley’s previous encounter was on January 8, when they lost 2-1 to Huddersfield Town in the FA Cup, a match that Dyche and coach Steve Stone both missed due to positive drug tests.
Burnley have only played 17 Premier League games this season, the fewest of any English top-flight team, and are currently bottom of the standings, three points behind Watford in 17th place.
In total, 21 Premier League games have been postponed due to Covid instances this season.