Accrington Stanley have tonight announced that eight players and a member of staff have tested positive for coronavirus and their weekend match against Bristol Rovers is now suspended.

The Reds were due to play the Sky Bet League One fixture on Saturday (October 24) at the Wham Stadium.

However the club said they are no longer able to "safely fulfil" the fixture due to the players and staff requiring to self-isolate under EFL and Government guidance.

The match will be rearranged with a new date to be fixed in due course.

In a statement on their website, Stanley said: "This weekend’s Sky Bet League One fixture between Accrington Stanley and Bristol Rovers has been suspended and will not take place on Saturday as scheduled.

"Due to the number of positive cases of COVID-19 within the Accrington Stanley squad and the requirement for players and staff to subsequently self-isolate as per EFL and Government guidance, the club has advised the EFL it is unable to safely fulfil this weekend’s fixture.

"Eight Stanley players have tested positive and are self-isolating, a member of staff has tested positive while another member of staff is already self-isolating.

"The circumstances surrounding the postponement will now be the subject of investigation in accordance with EFL Regulations.

"A revised date for the rearranged fixture will be confirmed in due course. Further details to follow tomorrow."

The latest Public Health England figures released this afternoon show that a further 56 people tested positive for coronavirus in Hyndburn.

It brings the total number of cases in the borough to 1,952 since the start of the pandemic.

Hyndburn's infection rate now stands at 383.7 cases per 100,000 people after 311 people tested positive for the virus in the week to October 18. This is up from a rate of 343.0 the previous week.

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