Everton’s Boxing Day match at Burnley has been postponed due to Covid-19 cases and injuries at the Merseyside club.
Everton had an initial request to postpone the game rejected on Thursday despite boss Rafael Benitez claiming he only had nine outfield players fit.
While there have not been further Covid-19 cases at Everton, there has been a number of players unable to train who were originally on the ‘fit list’.
A statement from the Premier League on Friday said the board had reviewed the decision “following further injuries to their squad”.
“They [the Premier League board] 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“, the statement added.
“The board this morning was able to make its decision in advance of Boxing Day to give clarity to clubs and their fans. We apologise for the inconvenience and disruption caused to those supporters’ festive plans“.