By Saikat Mandal

26th Dec, 2021 | 8:00pm

Thorp Arch will re-open on Sunday after Leeds v Villa postponed

Leeds United clash against Aston Villa on December 28 has been postponed, the Premier League confirmed on Sunday.

The Whites have been badly affected by Covid problems and injuries, and their Premier League clash against Liverpool on Boxing Day was previously called off.

Beren Cross has claimed on his personal Twitter account that there have been no new cases reported by the Yorkshire club.

He has claimed that Leeds have made an effort to get the fixture underway, but too many players are currently missing. He wrote:

“No new cases within the squad and efforts were made to get the game on, but too many (players) missing. Thorp Arch reopening this afternoon. Hopes are high for Burnley with all isolations set to be finished by then.”

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According to reports from the Yorkshire Evening Post, Thorp Arch will re-open for the rest of the players to train this afternoon.

Leeds received a dispensation to open the training ground for injured players so as to keep them fit for their upcoming matches.

As it stands, Leeds are hopeful that their next Premier League clash against Burnley will go through.

Steven Gerrard has been tested positive as well and he is isolating. The Aston Villa boss would have missed the game had it taken place as scheduled.

Having said that, it remains to be seen whether the break would help Leeds in any way.

The likes of Liam Cooper and Kalvin Phillips are unlikely to return before the end of January.

Diego Llorente missed the Arsenal clash due to Covid, and he will probably need more time to regain full fitness.

However, players like Dan James and Rodrigo, Pascal Struijk and Patrick Bamford may use this time to get themselves fit and ready before the crucial Premier League clash against Burnley.  

In other Leeds United news, the Whites are ready to make major January signings with unexpected deals to force action