Southend United’s match against Cambridge United is postponed at short notice after ‘a small number’ of Shrimpers test positive for Covid-19… leaving visitors angry and saying that game should still go ahead
- Southend claim they have only 10 outfield senior players and two goalkeepers fit
- Cambridge are angry that they were only notified at 9:40pm on Friday night
- The U’s have written to the EFL to say that they feel the game can still go ahead
Southend United’s match at home to Cambridge United has been postponed after positive Covid-19 cases in the Shrimpers squad.
The Sky Bet League Two club, who are bottom of the division, say they would not be able to field a team for Saturday’s fixture.
A club statement read: ‘Southend United can confirm that tomorrow’s (Saturday 21st November) Sky Bet League Two fixture against Cambridge United at Roots Hall has been postponed.
Southend United are bottom of League Two and won their game of the season last weekend
‘This is following a small number of players testing positive for Covid-19, the EFL’s doctor instructing another squad member to isolate due to their close proximity of a player who tested positive and a plethora of players being unavailable due to injury.
‘The club would only be able to field a maximum of 10 professional outfield players and two goalkeepers in the matchday squad and because of this the club have advised the EFL that it is unable to safely fulfil the fixture.’
However, Cambridge, who are second and just one point behind table-toppers Newport County, are unhappy at the postponement.
Cambridge United are flying high in League Two under the stewardship of Mark Bonner
They said: ‘Cambridge United have received late notification tonight from Southend United, declaring they are unable to field a team for tomorrow’s Sky Bet League Two fixture at Roots Hall.
‘Having received an email from Southend United Football Club at 9:40pm this evening, stating their wish for the game to be postponed, Cambridge United have made representation to both the EFL and Southend to express our disappointment and that we feel it would still be possible for the fixture to be played.’