Kevin Phillips has made the shock suggestion of playing up to four matches a week to cram in the remaining fixtures and stop the coronavirus unfairly hitting the likes of Aston Villa. 

The former England international, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, claimed to cut the season off early would be a big mistake as he stressed a solution must be found.

The cases in the UK have reached 460 at the time of writing as COVID-19 spreads across Europe at an alarming rate.

Arsenal’s Premier League match against Brighton this weekend as well as Man City in midweek already already been postponed, as has La Liga and most of Italian football.

Phillips believes the Premier League should seek to find a better solution than just canceling the season.

“Nobody denies Liverpool have won the Premier League but it is about teams in that relegation scrap who have got nine games left to get out,” he told Football Insider.

“They will get hit the hardest.

“You are punishing the likes of Villa but they believe they can get out of it. Is it fair? As serious as it is, I can not see them canceling it.

“There are only nine games left. You might have to play three or four games a week – something stupid. You would have to use your whole squad and players would get a chance of a game.

“There needs to be a solution and canceling it is too easy. I am hoping that is the case.” 

Dean Smith’s side currently sit 19th in the Premier League, two points off safety with a game in hand over their relegation rivals.

It was also revealed today that a number of Leicester City players are exhibiting symptoms of coronavirus and the club has subsequently isolated them.

In other Aston Villa news, Paul Robinson has told Football Insider decision regarding Tyrone Mings has left him baffled.