Man City and Arsenal WSL games postponed over COVID-19 cases

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(Reuters) - Manchester City Women's Super League match against West Ham United and Arsenal's game versus Aston Villa, which were scheduled for Saturday, have been postponed because of COVID-19 cases at City and Arsenal, the clubs said on Thursday.

City reported four positive cases on Monday but did not name the players affected by the virus and the club said a new date for the game between the women's FA Cup holders and West Ham will be announced in due course.

City are fourth in the league table with 18 points after nine games, while West Ham sit 10th on seven points.

Meanwhile, second-placed Arsenal said all first team players initially tested negative on their return from the Christmas break but one subsequently tested positive this week.

As a result, several first-team players are self-isolating. The date for the rescheduled fixture has not yet been confirmed.

City are already battling a COVID-19 outbreak in the men's squad, with several first-team players and staff members testing positive.

City's Premier League match at Everton was postponed last month and the training ground was closed for two days as a precaution.

(Reporting by Hardik Vyas and Rohith Nair in Bengaluru; Editing by Ken Ferris)