Coronavirus has once again called a halt to Hull City’s season, after Wigan Athletic confirmed an outbreak at the DW Stadium.
City were set to face the Latics on Saturday evening in front of the television cameras, but the game has fallen victim to the pandemic along with their home clash with AFC Wimbledon in midweek.
Amid growing calls for fresh lockdown measures and a circuit breaker across English football, City boss Grant McCann says he would not back that idea.
“Wigan Athletic’s next two Sky Bet League One fixtures against AFC Wimbledon (Wednesday January 6) and Hull City (Saturday January 9) have been suspended,” the EFL told Hull Live in a statement.
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“The Club informed the EFL that they would be unable to fulfil their next two fixtures following several positive COVID-19 tests and the requirements for players and staff to self-isolate as per EFL and government guidance in order to mitigate against the risk of further infection.
“The circumstances surrounding the postponement will now be subject of an investigation in accordance with EFL regulations.
“Revised dates for the fixtures will be confirmed in due course.”
The Wigan postponement joins a growing list of fixtures the Tigers will need to rearrange in what’s already a packed schedule between now and the end of the season.
City have fixtures against Accrington, Lincoln, Sunderland and now Wigan to find free dates for while the risk of more suspensions continues.
Hull Live understands the club are working to try and rearrange a fixture for this coming Saturday, though that remains unlikely at this stage, with Sunderland the only side without a fixture.
The Tigers themselves only returned to action on Saturday after an outbreak of their own, beating Charlton 2-0 at the KCOM Stadium thanks to goals from Hakeeb Adelakun in the first half and a Greg Docherty effort 14 minutes from time.
With virus transmission rates surging throughout the country, there had been calls for the football season to take a two-week break, though City boss McCann joined the growing list of managers against the suggestion.
“I don’t think it makes any sense, if there is a break,” he said. “Players are still going to have to keep fit and train together. I don’t see how that helps.
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