Rotherham's Boxing Day clash with Middlesbrough is OFF

Rotherham’s Boxing Day clash with Middlesbrough is OFF with Millers’ players and staff having to self-isolate after contracting coronavirus

  • Rotherham are unable to fulfil the Middlesbrough fixture in the Championship 
  • The club are requiring numerous players and staff to isolate with coronavirus 
  • Circumstances of postponement are subject to an investigation from EFL

Rotherham’s Boxing Day Championship game against Middlesbrough has been suspended after a number of the Millers’ players and staff tested positive for coronavirus. 

It will be the second game in succession that has been called off for Rotherham after last Saturday’s fixture against Derby was postponed less than two hours before kick-off. 

They confirmed one player had returned a positive Covid-19 test with others in the first-team bubble showing symptoms so the latest news comes as no surprise. There have been more positive tests, although the club did not reveal the exact number. 

Rotherham’s Championship game against Middlesbrough is not being played on December 26

A statement on the club’s website read: ‘The Club informed the EFL that they would be unable to fulfil the fixture following recent positive COVID-19 tests and the requirement for players and staff to self-isolate as per EFL and Government guidance in order to mitigate against the risk of further infection.

‘The circumstances surrounding the postponements will now be the subject of an investigation in accordance with EFL Regulations.

‘Revised dates for the rearranged fixtures will be confirmed in due course.’

Rotherham boss Paul Warne will be frustrated at his side missing the second game in a row

Rotherham are 21st in the Championship table and have only managed one victory in their last five games.  

With coronavirus spreading across the United Kingdom at a rapid rate in light of the new strain which is transmitted more easily, this could be a sign of more chaos to come. 

There is a daily infection growth rate of between one and four per cent as of December 18. 

If other sides find their Covid-19 bubbles penetrated by the virus there could be fixture chaos with the already-packed festive schedule rearranged for teams such as Rotherham, who cannot fulfil their fixtures.  

Rotherham are 21st in the Championship and could be in for a relegation battle this season

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