Aston Villa manager Dean Smith insists the club adhered to all the procedures after the coronavirus pandemic required a variety of their matches to be delayed.

Vacation home have actually not played considering that they were forced to field a group comprised of academy and U23 players in the FA Cup third-round tie against Liverpool on January 8.

Their Premier League match versus Everton last Sunday was the newest game to be held off and they were forced to close their Bodymoor Heath training earlier in the month while a “significant” variety of their players and staff remained in seclusion.

However, Smith insists they followed all the rules and he can not comprehend why they were so terribly impacted.

” No idea at all, we followed all the procedures, it was just after a duration when guidelines were relaxed for households over the festive duration, whether that was something to do with it I don’t understand,” he said ahead of their video game away to Manchester City on Wednesday.

” The procedures have simply been upgraded by the Premier League, the brand-new variant was about, perhaps that was something about it.

” It was definitely an alerting to ourselves, you worry about anything you touch after that. You can simply see how rampant it was and you do not know who, you don’t how why.

” We were really appreciative to our physician who has actually got a task of care not simply to our workers at the football club but to their families also.

” Thankfully we dropped in when we could. Luckily I was among those who didn’t get it and those who did get it are recuperating very well now.”

Newcastle’s held off match at Vacation home – which was due to be played in December but was aborted after the Magpies experienced their own Covid break out – has been rescheduled for this Saturday at 8pm, survive on Sky Sports.

Villa are also due to face Burnley on January 27 and Southampton on January 30 before the end of the month.