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Ipswich Town's League One home game against Lincoln City postponed due to Covid-19 cases

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Ipswich Town's home match against Lincoln City on Saturday has been postponed due to a Covid-19 outbreak within the visitors' squad.

Doubts surrounding the New Year's Day fixture first came to light on Tuesday when the Imps announced that they were unable to fulfil Wednesday evening's scheduled clash with Rotherham United.

And the problem has not subsided, meaning Ipswich have been dealt a second cancellation of the festive period after the Boxing Day trip to Gillingham also fell foul to virus.

Saturday's match at Portman Road has been postponed. Picture: Barry Goodwin
Saturday's match at Portman Road has been postponed. Picture: Barry Goodwin

Lincoln's chief executive Liam Scully said: “We had hoped, under new guidance, to have players returning to the squad after completing a reduced self-isolation period.

"The new rules would have allowed them to come out of self-isolation with a negative lateral flow test after seven days, unfortunately the tests remain positive which means we cannot fulfil the fixture.

“Those who have tested positive will have completed their self-isolation periods in time for our next fixture at home to Oxford United on January 8 which we expect to go ahead as scheduled.”

Meanwhile, a statement from the EFL read: "Lincoln City informed the EFL that it would be unable to fulfil the fixture at Portman Road due to a number of positive Covid-19 cases in their squad.

"In light of the increased transmission rate of the Omicron variant, the EFL will now review the circumstances surrounding the postponement. In addition it will assist affected clubs throughout this challenging period to help them mitigate against the risk of infection amongst players and staff, while ensuring their obligations to the EFL regulations are maintained.

"A rearranged date for the fixture will be confirmed in due course."

Town, who beat Wycombe Wanderers 1-0 last night, will now return to action on January 8 with a speedily rearranged encounter at Gillingham.