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Premier League clubs discuss break in fixtures after multiple Covid outbreaks

Premier League clubs have reportedly discussed a two-week break in January amid feats of Covid-19 causing more chaos.

The Premier League confirmed 18 more positive coronavirus cases in the latest round of testing.

Manchester City and Sheffield United are among the teams to have been badly affected with the former’s clash with Everton postponed on Monday.

There are believed to be fears that more games will also be called off with Tottenham’s fixture with Fulham reportedly in danger.

The Telegraph report that clubs have discussed a two-week “cooling-off” break next month, with some viewing a postponement as inevitable.

Gabriel Jesus and Kyle Walker are two Manchester City stars that tested positive while Southampton boss Ralph Hassenhuttl having to isolate after a member of his household tested positive.

The Telegraph add that the Government’s review of tiered restrictions, scheduled for Wednesday, will guide further discussions over the Premier League season.

Nine EFL matches have been postponed in this midweek with fears over the FA Cup Third Round, due to take place the weekend after next.

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The 18 positive in the Premier League come from 1,479 tests on players and staff between Dec 21 and 27 and is the highest recorded so far.

Football was suspended at the start of the Covid-19 outbreak in spring and another break would raise issues of when to fit in fixtures.

The season is due to end on May 23 with little wiggle room to play postponed matches.

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has previously said on the fixture congestion: "I love football, I love to play football, I love watching it on television – I love everything, but it's too much.

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"I know the business but it's too much for the players. The players don't have a rest mentally or physically.

"This is going to happen because they are not consulting with anyone. There are 365 days and you have to put all the competitions and all the games [in], and especially right now with what happened last season with COVID-19, it's reduced the calendar so it's more difficult – but it's too much.”

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