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Forest Green’s Boxing Day fixture at Newport County in doubt following squad’s Covid outbreak

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Forest Green’s away game to Newport County on Boxing Day could be cancelled following an outbreak of Covid in the squad. 

The club’s game against Mansfield on Saturday was called off on Friday and Tuesday’s home clash against Colchester United has also been postponed after it was discovered that an outbreak within the squad had occurred, and at this time it’s not known if the Newport game will meet the same fate. 

The players who have contracted Covid are currently in a 10-day isolation period which would mean they would only be free to return to the squad after the Boxing Day fixture.

Rovers are due to host Exeter City on December 29 and Stevenage on New Year’s Day.

EFL figures released earlier this week detailed how 25 per cent of all players in the Championship, League One and League Two have no intention of being vaccinated.

The postponement of Rovers’ game is the eighth in League Two and 17th across the EFL as case numbers of the Omicron variant continue to rise.

Reports have claimed that Premier League clubs are pushing for a Christmas shutdown, suspending games until the weekend of the FA Cup third round (January 8/9).

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