Liverpool’s FA Cup third round-match against Aston villa on Friday is in doubt after Villa reported a “significant” Covid-19 outbreak in their squad.

A final decision on whether the game at Villa Park will take place at all will be made on Friday, while even if it goes ahead, the Premier League club are preparing to field a team of youngsters for the match.

Villa manager Dean Smith, his coaching staff and the rest of the club’s first-team squad will not be involved after the outbreak forced the closure of the club’s Bodymoor Heath training headquarters on Thursday.

Also ,Wayne Rooney and Championship side Derby’s first-team squad will miss their FA Cup tie at Chorley on Saturday following another surge in coronavirus cases.

Wolves manager Santo says he fears the rise in cases will only get worse and calls the situation ‘scary’.

Unfortunately, it’s going to happen more,” Nuno said, ahead of Friday’s FA Cup third-round clash against Crystal Palace.

“Just look at the news. The expectations are terrible. It’s going to get worse.”

he added “in football we live in a bubble and don’t always feel what society is feeling,” Nuno said. “But it’s tough for everyone. Players are only human and the rise in cases is scary.”