Aston Villa manager Steven Gerrard ruled out of Chelsea and Leeds games after testing positive for Covid-19

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Steven Gerrard will not be in the dugout for Aston Villa’s games against Chelsea and Leeds after testing positive for Covid-19.

The Blues travel to Villa Park on Boxing Day before Gerrard’s side head to Elland Road to face relegation-fighting Leeds two days later.

But the manager, 41, must self-isolate during those games after a Villa announcement on Christmas Day.

The club confirmed: “Aston Villa can confirm Head Coach Steven Gerrard will be unable to attend our next two Premier League matches with Chelsea and Leeds United as he will be isolating after testing positive for Covid-19.”

There has been as yet no update on Gerrard’s condition or symptoms, but the Midlands side were forced to postpone their league meeting with Burnley last week due to an outbreak of the virus.

Three Premier League games have been called off for Boxing Day, with Liverpool versus Leeds and Watford’s trip to Wolves postponed before Burnley’s game against Everton was lost.

Seven Championship matches are also off, including Luton’s clash with Bristol City that was confirmed as postponed on Christmas Day.

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