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Southampton’s clash with Leeds pushed back to accommodate their FA Cup tie with Shrewsbury

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southamptons clash with leeds pushed back to accommodate their fa cup tie with shrewsbury

Leeds’ Premier League clash with Southampton next Wednesday has been pushed back to a later date to accommodate the Saints’ postponed FA Cup game with Shrewsbury.

The FA Cup tie was scheduled to take place over the weekend but was called off due to an outbreak of coronavirus cases in the League One side’s camp.

Shrewsbury had been in danger of forfeiting the chance of a place in the fourth round but Southampton confirmed the third-round tie will now be rescheduled for next Tuesday, January 19.

Southampton's Premier League match at Leeds will be pushed back to allow Shrewsbury tie

Southampton's Premier League match at Leeds will be pushed back to allow Shrewsbury tie

Southampton’s Premier League match at Leeds will be pushed back to allow Shrewsbury tie

Marcelo Bielsa's men have agreed to the game being moved, which could take place in March

Marcelo Bielsa's men have agreed to the game being moved, which could take place in March

Marcelo Bielsa’s men have agreed to the game being moved, which could take place in March

The FA postponed the game to give the club an opportunity to fulfil the fixture and the rearrangement is expected to be announced in the coming days.

A Southampton statement read: ‘Southampton’s match at home to Shrewsbury Town in the third round of the Emirates FA Cup has been rescheduled for Tuesday 19th January, the club can confirm.

‘The tie was initially due to be played last Saturday, but was postponed by the Football Association after a number of positive Covid-19 tests at the League One club.

‘Following discussions since then, it has been agreed the fixture will take place next Tuesday, with kick-off at 8pm. The match will be broadcast live on BT Sport. This also means that Saints’ scheduled visit to Leeds United for a Premier League fixture on Wednesday 20th January will be moved as a result. A new date will be confirmed in due course.

Shrewsbury couldn't play in last weekend's FA Cup tie due to a Covid outbreak in their squad

Shrewsbury couldn't play in last weekend's FA Cup tie due to a Covid outbreak in their squad

Shrewsbury couldn’t play in last weekend’s FA Cup tie due to a Covid outbreak in their squad

‘The winner of the Shrewsbury game will advance to host Arsenal in the fourth round, with ties due to take place on the weekend of January 23rd/24th.’

As a result, Southampton’s match against Leeds – which would be due to take place 24 hours after their rescheduled FA tie with Shrewsbury – will have to be put back. 

Marcelo Bielsa’s men will now have a 10-day gap between Saturday’s game with Brighton and their next fixture away at Newcastle.

The Premier League side already have a free weekend next week after crashing out of the FA Cup early in a major upset against fourth-tier side Crawley. 

This post first appeared on dailymail.co.uk

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