Any teams that are unable to fulfil their FA Cup matches this weekend due to coronavirus cases face being thrown out of the competition, according to reports.

England entered its third national lockdown on Tuesday amid an alarming rise in cases, hospital admissions and deaths.

The FA Cup third round is this weekend but some games could be in doubt
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There has also been an increase in players catching the virus with 40 Premier League players testing positive in the latest round of tests.

The third round of the FA Cup is due to be played this weekend despite swathes of matches being postponed across the country.

In the Premier League, three games have been called off in the last week while in the EFL dozens have been affected.

Non-league football has seen numerous games postponed. For instance, National League side Dover Athletic have had ten games called off this season and have played seven games fewer than some of the other teams in their league.

To make sure the FA Cup goes ahead as safely as possible, the FA have ordered all sides undergo testing 72 hours before kick-off.

They will also pick up the bill for the test so lower league and non-league sides will not miss out.

FA Cup third round ties 2020/21

Huddersfield Town v Plymouth Argyle

Southampton v Shrewsbury Town

Chorley v Derby County

Marine v Tottenham Hotspur (LIVE on talkSPORT)

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Crystal Palace

Stockport County v West Ham United (LIVE on talkSPORT)

Oldham Athletic v AFC Bournemouth

Manchester United v Watford (LIVE on talkSPORT)

Stevenage v Swansea City

Everton v Rotherham United (LIVE on talkSPORT)

Nottingham Forest v Cardiff City

Arsenal v Newcastle United (LIVE on talkSPORT)

Barnsley v Tranmere Rovers

Bristol Rovers v Sheffield United

Boreham Wood v Millwall

Blackburn Rovers v Doncaster Rovers

Stoke City v Leicester City (LIVE on talkSPORT)

Wycombe Wanderers v Preston North End

Crawley Town v Leeds United

Burnley v Milton Keynes Dons

Bristol City v Portsmouth

Queens Park Rangers v Fulham (LIVE on talkSPORT 2)

Aston Villa v Liverpool (LIVE exclusively on talkSPORT)

Brentford v Middlesbrough

Manchester City v Birmingham City

Luton Town v Reading

Chelsea v Morecambe (LIVE on talkSPORT)

Exeter City v Sheffield Wednesday

Norwich City v Coventry City

Blackpool v West Bromwich Albion

Newport County v Brighton & Hove Albion

Cheltenham Town v Mansfield Town

The Times report that a letter has been sent out by the FA to all clubs in the third round that games must go ahead if teams have 14 fit registered players available.

If teams are unable to fulfil their fixture then the Professional Game Board will determine the outcome with the tie likely to be awarded to the opponent.

Any decision can be appealed against, though.

Tests will begin to take place on Tuesday for matches held on Friday with more developments likely closer to the weekend.

Derby’s game against non-league Chorley is already one that could be in doubt with ‘several first-team staff members and players’ at the Championship side testing positive.

Sheffield Wednesday have also had to close their training ground with the Owls due to face Exeter on Saturday.


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