Southend United have been compelled to postpone Saturday’s League Two sport towards Cambridge United as they’re unable to area a workforce following optimistic coronavirus exams and harm points.
The Shrimpers, who’re presently backside of the division, say the choice was made following “a small variety of gamers testing optimistic for COVID-19” in addition to “a plethora of gamers being unavailable as a result of harm”.
Cambridge have expressed their disappointment on the “late notification” of the postponement and really feel “it could nonetheless be potential for the fixture to be performed”.
In an announcement on Friday, Southend mentioned: “The membership would solely be capable of area a most of 10 skilled outfield gamers and two goalkeepers within the matchday squad and due to this the membership have suggested the EFL that it’s unable to securely fulfil the fixture.
“The membership is following all of Public Well being England and the EFL’s COVID-19 protocols and won’t title the gamers in query. We ask that their request for privateness and confidentiality are revered presently.”
Cambridge mentioned: “Cambridge United have acquired late notification tonight from Southend United, declaring they’re unable to area a workforce for tomorrow’s Sky Wager League Two fixture at Roots Corridor.
“Having acquired an e-mail from Southend United Soccer Membership at 9:40pm this night, stating their want for the sport to be postponed, Cambridge United have made illustration to each the EFL and Southend to precise our disappointment and that we really feel it could nonetheless be potential for the fixture to be performed.
“Additional particulars might be confirmed sooner or later, nevertheless for readability, tomorrow’s fixture has certainly been postponed.”
Cambridge are presently second in League Two, some extent behind leaders Newport, who’ve performed a sport much less.
Southend have gained simply certainly one of their 12 league matches thus far this season and are 5 factors from security.