'From what I've heard...' - Exclusive: Agbonlahor drops Villa claim after huge update
Gabriel Agbonlahor has insisted the Premier League’s decision to cancel Newcastle United’s trip to Aston Villa was the right thing to do.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley, the legendary former Villa striker welcomed the fact Dean Smith’s side will have an extended break before a busy festive period.
The Midlands giants lost 2-1 to West Ham in London on Monday night and had only three full days to recover before the visit of the Magpies.
Aston Villa can confirm that the Club fully supports the Premier League’s decision to postpone our fixture with Newcastle United on Friday.
Everybody at Aston Villa wishes a speedy recovery to all those @NUFC affected by the virus.
— Aston Villa (@AVFCOfficial) December 1, 2020
However, it was confirmed on Tuesday that the Premier League had postponed the fixture after Newcastle’s training base was closed down.
Multiple covid tests recorded at the facility led to Public Health England advising it to be closed and Agbonlahor is not surprised the game has been postponed.
He told Football Insider: “From what I’ve heard there was a good chance of the game being cancelled.
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“Maybe that’s something that will help both sets of players, having a game postponed will give them a two-week break.
“Steve Bruce will have been dying for it to be called off. I can see where he’s coming from, if they’ve got a certain amount of first-team players not available then it’s not fair for the game to be played.
“The best option was to cancel the game.
“They’ve not trained yesterday, they’re not training today so it’s not fair on them to come to Villa Park against a strong Aston Villa side and play the game.
“The authorities made the right decision to postpone the game.”
With the Magpies’ training base closed, the last time Bruce and his players trained was last Thursday before travelling to London for their game against Crystal Palace on Friday.
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