Aston Villa have confirmed their FA Cup third-round tie against Liverpool will go ahead on Friday night despite a large number of their players and staff testing positive for coronavirus.

The midlands club were forced to close their Bodymoor Heath training ground on Thursday owing to the outbreak, and there had been concerns they would have to forfeit their match against the Reds.

However, the match is now set to go ahead. 

A tweet on Villa's official account read: "Aston Villa can confirm that the #EmiratesFACup Third Round tie with Liverpool will be played at Villa Park this evening (7.45pm KO)."

Villa have not confirmed how they have managed to get around the issue, but it is understood no first-team players will take part.

Instead, under-23s coach Mark Delaney is expected to oversee a side made up of under-18 and under-23 players.

Southampton's tie against Shrewsbury was called off on Thursday due to an outbreak at the Sky Bet League One club.