Aston Villa’s January move plan revealed as Jack Grealish feels th…

The Premier League have confirmed their intention to allow the festive fixture schedule to continue despite several Covid-19 outbreaks in squads and a sharp rise in positive situations.

That method Aston Villa are set to play Chelsea, and Leeds United and Brentford within a seven day period, starting from Sunday against Thomas Tuchel’s Blues on Boxing Day.

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Premier League make statement regarding Villa’s festive schedule

The Premier League have issued a statement regarding the festive fixture schedule amid upsetting rates of Covid infections across squads.

Over the past associate of weeks, teams have seen their schedules changed and games cancelled at the last minute due to multiple players returning positive Covid-19 tests, sometimes on the day of the fixture.

That was the case for Aston Villa at the weekend, when their Premier League game against Burnley was postponed around two hours before kick-off due to several positive Covid situations in Steven Gerrard’s squad.

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Gerrard describes Lange relationship as Villa’s move plan revealed

Aston Villa will take into consideration the vaccination position of players when assessing January move targets, Steven Gerrard has confirmed.

The move window opens in under two weeks time and Villa could be one of the busier Premier League clubs, with Gerrard reportedly promised funds to enhance the squad.

The Villa boss has also put on record his praise for Johan Lange – the club’s sporting director – who plays a meaningful role in recruitment.

“We are very thorough and detailed in terms of our recruitment course of action,” Gerrard said. “I’ve been really impressed with Johan [Lange, the sporting director] and the guys around him in recruitment and scouting in terms of the details and work I’ve seen so far. We look at everything. So I’m sure it will come up.”

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Guardiola makes ‘behaviour’ comment after Grealish snub

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola was asked why Jack Grealish was surprisingly left out of the 4-0 win at Newcastle United after the victory at St James’ Park on Sunday.

City cruised to victory against obliging opponents thanks to goals from Ruben Dias, Joao Cancelo, Riyad Mahrez and Raheem Sterling.

However, there was no place in the starting XI for former Aston Villa captain Grealish or Phil Foden.

Grealish had started the past three of City’s matches and scored his first Premier League goal since August in the 7-0 rout of Leeds United last Tuesday.

However, this time he had to sit on the bench for the entirety of a game in which City went 2-0 up inside half-an-hour.

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