Leeds clash against Southampton could be POSTPONED to save FA Cup match with Shrewsbury after their coronavirus outbreak

LEED UNITED's Premier League clash with Southampton could be postponed in order to prevent Shrewsbury Town being thrown out of the FA Cup.

According to The Telegraph, talks have begun over the potential rescheduling of the fixture, which is set to take place next Wednesday.

Southampton's third-round tie with Shrewsbury, which was postponed due to a major coronavirus outbreak at the League One club, is also set to take place on the same day.

The Shrews are still waiting to learn the fate of their cup run, which is at risk of coming to a premature end via forfeit.

The FA recently warned clubs they risk forfeiting ties if they're unable to provide 14 fit players to fulfil fixtures.

But Shrews chairman Brian Caldwell believes it would be 'unfair' for them to be booted out of the cup due to a situation 'completely outside' of their control.


He told The Telegraph: “If there is a way round it, we should be looking for the way round it, not just taking the easy option and expelling clubs from the competition through no fault of their own.”

Shrewsbury reportedly had a whopping 20 players test positive for Covid-19.

Caldwell added: “We’ve got a few that are struck down pretty badly.”

Shrewsbury's hopes of playing their cup tie will be boosted by the fact neither Leeds nor Southampton are playing European football this season.

That means there's still space in the fixture list for them to play their league match next month.

The recent surge of Covid-19 cases has wreaked havoc with football fixtures up and down the country.

Late last month, Fulham's trip to Tottenham was postponed just a matter of hours before kick-off due to a slew of positive tests at the west London club.

Spurs' clash with Aston Villa was also rescheduled due to an outbreak of Covid in Dean Smith's side.

Jose Mourinho's troops will now face Fulham on Thursday night, provided there are no further outbreaks at either club.

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