TOTTENHAM’S clash with Crystal Palace WILL go ahead despite a Covid-19 outbreak in Patrick Vieira’s squad

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Despite a Covid-19 outbreak in Patrick Vieira’s squad, TOTTENHAM’s clash with Crystal Palace WILL go ahead.

The Premier League clash is still due to be played at Spurs’ new £1bn stadium at 3 pm today.

Crystal Palace are understood to have suffered a number of Covid cases in their squad

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Crystal Palace is understood to have suffered several Covid cases in their squadCredit: Getty.

The Eagles made a last-minute plea to the Premier League for the game to be postponed after several positive tests.

But it was rejected with Prem chiefs understood not to be satisfied the criteria was met for the game to be scrapped.

Three other top-flight matches earlier axed today, as the virus ravages the league.

Everton’s game at Burnley, Liverpool against Leeds, and Watford’s tie at Wolves have been axed so far.

A host of Championship and EFL fixtures have also been called off as the Omicron variant spreads through the UK.

Speaking on Friday, Vieira admitted he was ‘worried’ about the current situation and the impact on his players’ welfare.

The Frenchman said: “We hope we’re going to be okay [to face Spurs], but when you’re looking at the number of cases around, we start to be worried.

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“We had a couple of cases in our football club in the last couple of days.

“We try our best to prevent the situation, but it is worrying because the evolution for the next couple of days we don’t know how it will go.

“I’m not worried about the players’ welfare regarding the [frequency of] games during this period because it’s been like that for years and years. However, I’m concerned about their welfare regarding Covid.

“Players coming back from the Covid situation and asking them to play with not enough training is a lot on them.”

Meanwhile, after testing positive, Steven Gerrard will not be in the dugout for Aston Villa’s clash with Chelsea.

The Liverpool legend is now set to miss today’s match and their game at Leeds after catching Covid.

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