Steven Gerrard, the head coach of Aston Villa, will miss the game against Chelsea on Sunday after testing positive for Covid-19. The 41-year-old was also set to miss Tuesday’s trip to Leeds, but that match has been postponed due to an infection outbreak at the Yorkshire club.
Gerrard has been benched by Covid-19 for the second time this season.
Earlier this year, while managing Rangers, he was forced to isolate, missing matches against Alashkert and Celtic. Villa were forced to postpone their match against Burnley last Saturday due of an epidemic at the club.
The encounter against Chelsea at Villa Park is one of six Premier League matches planned for Sunday. Three more games have been canceled due to the virus: Liverpool’s home match against Leeds, Watford’s trip to Wolves, and Burnley’s match against Everton.
Gerrard was the manager of Rangers for three years before joining Villa in November to replace Dean Smith, who was fired after a five-game losing streak.
Villa has won four of its six Premier League games since then, with the two losses coming against Manchester City and Liverpool, his previous club.
Source: BBC Sport