Newcastle’s trip to Aston Villa on Friday is looking increasingly likely to be postponed due to a Covid-19 outbreak at the club.
Newcastle are in dialogue with the Premier League over the potential postponement of the match after their squad was told to stay away from their training ground following an outbreak of coronavirus.
Over the weekend it emerged that three individuals within the first-team bubble had tested positive for Covid-19 and, following a further round of testing on Sunday, additional players also returned positive tests.
Newcastle have been unwilling to reveal the exact numbers or identities of those affected.
The club’s training ground has been closed since the weekend and players have not trained since last Thursday – the day they travelled to London for their match with Crystal Palace.
The first-team squad has been told to stay at home until further notice. Another round of testing is due to take place on Wednesday.