Crystal Palace manager Vieira tests COVID-19 positive ahead of Tottenham game

Assistant Manager Osian Roberts will deputise Palace's match in Viera's absence, as confirmed by the club.

The Frenchman will be absent from the touchline and Assistant Manager Osian Roberts will deputise for Viera during the match, the club tweeted.   -  REUTERS

Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira has tested COVID-19 positive ahead of the side's match against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday, as confirmed by the club.

The Frenchman will be absent from the touchline and assistant Manager Osian Roberts will deputise for Vieira during the match, the club confirmed on Twitter.

Crystal Palace sits eleventh on the table with 20 points in 17 games and a win and a draw in its last three.

Crystal Palace vs Tottenham is one of the six fixtures to be played on Boxing Day after it was given a go ahead by the league authorities, despite Liverpool vs Leeds being postponed due to Covid-19.

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Reports from England had earlier suggested that the fixture was in doubt amid fears of COVID-19, but Tottenham put the doubts in bed, confirming a go ahead on social media.

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