Questions mount over ability to complete the season as rise in virus-related postponements creates a fixture backlog

The fragility of the Women’s Super League has been exposed after a combination of rising Covid-19 infections and shallow squads prompted the postponement of four of this weekend’s six top-tier fixtures and left another in doubt.

While the Football Association’s deferment of Aston Villa v Arsenal and Manchester City v West Ham on Saturday stemmed from coronavirus outbreaks imported by Arsenal and Manchester City players returning from ill-advised Christmas trips to Dubai, an injury crisis prefaced Birmingham’s decision to call off their visit to Tottenham. An independent tribunal will determine whether their action was justified and, if not, Carla Ward’s team could face a fine and/or points deduction.

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