Burnley’s St Stephen’s Day clash with Everton has been postponed due to the number of coronavirus cases in the Toffees’ squad.
Everton had an initial request to postpone the game rejected on Thursday despite boss Rafael Benitez claiming he only had nine fit outfield players.
Everton confirmed in a brief statement: “Our Premier League fixture at Burnley on Boxing Day has been postponed due to the number of Covid cases and injuries in our squad.”
The Premier League said it had taken the “regrettable” decision to postpone the game following a meeting of its board on Friday morning.
It said in a statement: “The board reviewed the club’s request today to postpone the match following further injuries to their squad.
“They concluded that the club will not be able to fulfil their fixture this weekend as a result of an insufficient number of players available to play due to Covid-19 cases and injuries.”