Coventry City’s Sky Bet Championship match against Millwall looks set to go ahead as planned.

The Sky Blues are due to face the Lions at the CBS Arena on Wednesday (December 29, 7.45pm kick-off) in their final fixture of 2021.

Coventry saw their Boxing Day game at Cardiff City postponed due to a coronavirus outbreak in the Welsh club’s squad.

Millwall’s home match against Swansea City was also called off for the same reason.

It was the London outfit’s second postponement in a row following a “significant outbreak” among the players and support staff.

However, Millwall released a statement on Tuesday to state that their trip to Coventry was still on as things stand after their request to postpone the fixture was apparently rejected by the EFL.

The statement read: “Millwall Football Club can confirm that its Sky Bet Championship match away to Coventry City this Wednesday 29th December (kick-off 7.45pm) will go ahead as scheduled, subject to any further positive COVID-19 test results.

“The Lions’ last two matches have been postponed following a significant outbreak of COVID-19 within the playing squad and amongst support staff.

“Several of those who tested positive are currently either still isolating or unable to train fully in accordance with the EFL’s Return to Play protocols.

“However, the club now has 14 eligible players – including two goalkeepers – which meets the League’s criteria for fixture fulfilment.

“The squad of 14 for Wednesday’s match includes players who are yet to return to full training with the team having been symptomatic and therefore isolating for 10 days.

“Under the protocols, however, they are deemed available on matchday and are therefore counted towards the 14.



COVENTRY, ENGLAND - APRIL 28: A general view as Coventry City play Shrewsbury Town at The Ricoh Arena during the Sky Bet League One match between Coventry City and Shrewsbury Town at The Ricoh Arena on April 28, 2019 in Coventry, United Kingdom. (Photo by James Baylis - AMA/Getty Images)

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“Having considered such factors and with the health, safety, and fitness of its players the primary concern, the club had requested a postponement which was not accepted by the EFL.

“The club understands the inconvenience caused by fixture postponements, most importantly for supporters, and especially at this time of year when travel is particularly challenging. The patience and understanding of Millwall fans following the two recent postponements has been greatly appreciated by all at the club. Those eligible to play look forward to returning to action in front of the travelling Lions supporters on Wednesday night.”

Meanwhile, the Coventry squad was back in training at Ryton on Monday in preparation for the Millwall match.

“Following negative COVID tests for the City squad and staff, the players were back out on the grass at Ryton following a short break over Christmas, while others continued injury rehab inside the Lodge,” said the Sky Blues.





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