CHELSEA’s derby against Tottenham has been postponed as Covid-19 derailed in the women’s top flight.
Friday night’s encounter is the second WSL game to go wrong this week with West Ham’s Sunday battle against Manchester United also set to take place.
The WSL champions say a number of tests on individuals in their established groups have shown positive results.
People with Covid are said to be currently in isolation according to government guidelines.
The Blues also revealed an unspecified number of players were unavailable due to injury, with the decision to postpone the clash already agreed. Tottenham and FA.
In a statement, the club, currently second in WSL, said: “The health and safety of our players, support staff and fans remains paramount.
“The revised date for the match will be confirmed in due time. All existing tickets are still valid. No Chelsea FC teams have been affected.”
West Ham’s home clash with United is also scheduled following “several suspected cases of Covid-19” among Irons team and staff.
It comes as the FA revealed 40 staff and competitive staff across the WSL and Women’s Championship tested positive for coronavirus in the week to Monday, January 3.
A statement read: “The FA is continuing to work with clubs to help reduce the risk of Covid-19 in their teams and ensure that players, coaches and staff are kept safe.
“To ensure transparency, the FA will propose to publish the results every week on both the Barclays FA Women’s Super League and the FA Women’s Championship.
“The FA will not announce specific details regarding any club, player or staff member.”
The postponement of Chelsea and West Ham matches means there are now four WSL clashes coming up with the first being Aston Villa at home to Everton on Saturday.
On Sunday, City will travel to Brighton for a mid-day tie with Reading against Leicester later in the day.
The top team Arsenal will come to visit Birmingham City, the team is ranked at the bottom of the table.
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