West Ham’s game against Watford at Vicarage Road looks safe after fears it could be called off on the 28th.
The Premier League has announced that the Hornets game against Wolves on Boxing Day has been postponed but that the match against the Irons is set to go ahead.
A Premier League statement read: “Watford continue to have an insufficient number of players to field a team after their game against Crystal Palace last Saturday was postponed following a Covid-19 outbreak.
“Due to players coming out of isolation, it is fully expected Watford will be available for their fixture on Tuesday 28 December, against West Ham United.”
If that turns out to be the case it means the Irons will have only missed out on one game so far this season with the match against Norwich City biting the dust.
Whether that’s a good or bad thing is debatable with some suggesting clubs are getting something similar to a winter break.
And the decision to play of course will depend on no further outbreaks of covid in either camp with only Mikey Antonio having been diagnosed positive at the Irons.
It also means that with no current danger to the Southampton game the Irons will have completed their Christmas programme.