TOTTENHAM’s clash with Crystal Palace is set to be the next match on Gift Day postponed following a Covid outbreak in the Eagles’ camp.
Three matches have been postponed – the most recent being Burnley vs Everton – as well as several EFL games.
And London Football reports Palace have recorded two positive test results among their behind-the-scenes staff – after Vieira confirmed a small number of cases among the players on Friday.
The Eagles are thought to have restricted their travels to their hotel on Christmas Day until they get a response from the Premier League – with an official announcement expected imminent.
Speaking on Friday, Vieira admitted he was ‘worried’ about the current situation and the impact on the players’ welfare.
The Frenchman said: “We hope we will be fine [to face Spurs] but when you look at the number of cases around we start to worry.
“We have had several cases in our football club in the past few days.
“We’re doing our best to contain the situation but it’s worrying because of the developments over the next few days we don’t know how it will play out.
“I’m not worried about the welfare of the players regarding [frequency of] game in this period because it has been for so many years. I worry about their welfare related to Covid.
“Players coming back from a Covid situation and asking them to compete without adequate training is a lot for them.”
This latest postponement will see Tottenham have FOUR games on their hands against some of their Premier League rivals after snowfall and their own Covid crisis wiped out the previous three in December.
That also means just Five of the UK’s top flights scheduled for Sunday are still continuing.
But Steven Gerrard will not be on the bench when Aston Villa take on Chelsea tomorrow night because he has tested positive.
The former England captain – who contracted the virus earlier in the year while at Rangers – is also in isolation for Tuesday’s trip to Leeds.
Everton’s Covid outbreak saw their trip to Turf Moor canceled on Christmas Eve.
Benitez blasted the Premier League on Thursday after Everton had initially rejected a request to cancel the Gifting Day clash.
The Goodison Park boss stated: “We have six injuries and five players with Covid. I think that’s not fair.”
The Toffees discovered they had the infection in their squad following this week’s 1-1 draw with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
Benitez revealed: “On the day of that match, we did lateral flow tests, with no positive results.
“We then did post-match PCR tests and we had the first four cases, then five cases.
“Burnley is completely different from Chelsea. The reality is that we have to deal with a difficult situation.
“We have to wait until tomorrow, the day after tomorrow, about injuries and Covid and see which players are available.
“I have to try to prepare the team to play Burnley but it is quite dangerous for us.
“We have to play players who are not ready or who are misaligned – or in the wrong position.”
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https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/football/17135730/tottenham-crystal-palace-boxing-day-postponed-covid/ Tottenham vs Crystal Palace set up the latest schedule on Gift Day which was postponed after the Covid outbreak at Eagle camp