Sunderland postpone further match due to continuing Covid-19 outbreak

Sunderland have informed the EFL that they have postponed their League One match at Accrington on Tuesday because of the continuing coronavirus outbreak at the Wearside club.

The news comes after the Black Cats’ past three matches – against Shrewsbury, Blackpool and Hull – were called off following a number of positive cases in their camp.

A statement on Sunderland’s official website on Sunday said: “Sunderland AFC’s upcoming game against Accrington Stanley has been suspended. Scheduled to take place on Tuesday 29 December, the club has informed the EFL that it will be unable to play the fixture due to the ongoing effects of a Covid-19 outbreak at the Academy of Light.

“Due to the scale of this outbreak and the volume of positive tests returned by players and staff, the club has taken the decision to postpone the game based solely on the health and wellbeing of all affected.”

The scheduled return to action for Lee Johnson’s side is now the away match against Northampton on Saturday 2 January. Accrington’s trip to Doncaster on Boxing Day was postponed after two unnamed Rovers players tested positive for coronavirus, with Stanley set to host Portsmouth on Saturday.