Sheffield United’s clash with rival fellow Queens Park Rangers promotion has been postponed due to a Covid outbreak in Mark Warburton’s squad, he was announced.
The two teams were scheduled to meet on Monday night in what seemed like a tantalizing tie, with the Rs desperate to make up for their 2-0 loss to Stoke City last Sunday and the Blades looking to continue their unbeaten run under Paul Heckingbottom.
Six points and eight places currently separate the two teams – and the South Yorkshire team had a real opportunity to climb to eighth place with Middlesbrough, Huddersfield Town, Millwall and Luton Town failing to earn three points in their respective matches.
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And they may have been the favorites to clinch a victory on Monday night after winning their first two games under Heckingbottom and going undefeated in their last four league games overall.
However, a number of positive Covid cases in the R squad mean they are unable to complete this match, notifying the EFL of this news with just over 24 hours before games were due. to meet.
According to the two clubs statements, the EFL will now investigate the circumstances surrounding this postponement and an announcement regarding the new date for this match will be made when confirmed.
It’s such a shame as it was the perfect match for each team to send a real statement of intent to the rest of the league, especially without any other second tier game going on at the same time and all of the all eyes are on this confrontation in the South. Yorkshire.
A win for QPR would have been a real morale booster in a hard-to-reach place and getting three points – and in turn – would have solidified its place in the top six. After Stoke’s showdown, it would have been much needed.
But for United it was arguably an even better chance for them. Not only were they in great shape, but they would have had the local crowd behind them and taken a side that was still reeling from their tie against the Potters.
This postponement will be a real source of frustration for them after careful preparations, but health must come first in this case and a transmission of infections from the outside to the hosts could have hampered their momentum.
Now it will be a big test for both teams to refocus their minds and continue to focus as their respective next games approach, provided the Rs have enough players available.