EFL postponements: Birmingham-Peterborough added to games called off by Covid-19

EFL postponements: Birmingham-Peterborough added to games called off by Covid-19

Birmingham City have not played since their 4-0 defeat at Blackburn on 18 DecemberThe list of EFL postponements over the festive period continues to grow, with four of Wednesday’s scheduled Championship games cancelled.

Sheffield United v Hull City was called off on Tuesday because the Tigers had insufficient players to play the game due to Covid-19 cases and injuries.

Birmingham v Peterborough, Reading v Fulham and Swansea v Luton had already been postponed for similar reasons.

Sixteen other EFL games scheduled for Wednesday have been postponed.

West Bromwich Albion’s home game with Preston on Thursday will also not go ahead because of coronavirus cases.

Birmingham, whose trip to Fulham on Sunday was postponed after too many Covid cases, say they do not have “a sufficient number of players available” to play their game on Wednesday.

AFC Wimbledon complain to EFL over Covid call-offsA statement said: “With a short turnaround time between fixtures, there was an insufficient window for players to return from isolation or recover from injury.

“Once again, the number of Covid-19 cases within the men’s first-team group meet the EFL threshold.”

Peterborough also had their scheduled home match with Reading on Sunday called off – another of the 24 out of 33 EFL games which did not go ahead on 26 December, all because of coronavirus.

Seven League One games are off over the coming days, while 10 of the 12 fixtures in League Two on Wednesday have been postponed, leaving just Barrow v Oldham and Swindon v Stevenage still going ahead.

Third tier Fleetwood have called off both their games at Wigan on 29 December and Sunderland on 2 January.

Four of Tuesday’s programme of National League matches were also postponed.

Games postponed because of Covid-19 cases28 December National League

Boreham Wood v Wealdstone

Grimsby Town v King’s Lynn Town

Southend United v Barnet

Yeovil Town v Weymouth

29 DecemberChampionship

Birmingham City v Peterborough United

Reading v Fulham

Sheffield United v Hull City

Swansea City v Luton Town

League One

Burton Albion v Bolton Wanderers

Charlton Athletic v Gillingham

MK Dons v Cheltenham

Plymouth v Portsmouth

Rotherham v Lincoln

Wigan v Fleetwood

League Two

Crawley Town v Bristol Rovers

Forest Green Rovers v Exeter City

Harrogate Town v Mansfield Town

Hartlepool v Tranmere Rovers

Leyton Orient v Newport County

Rochdale v Port Vale

Salford City v Carlisle United

Scunthorpe United v Northampton Town

Sutton United v Colchester United

Walsall v Bradford City

30 DecemberChampionship

West Bromwich Albion v Preston North End

League One

Cambridge United v Doncaster Rovers

2 JanuaryLeague One

Sunderland v Fleetwood

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