Burnley vs Nottingham Forest cancelled: Why Brighton's opening day opponents had their pre-season plans disrupted

Burnley, who play Brighton on the first day of the Premier League season, had the pre-season preparation disrupted this Saturday

Thursday, 29th July 2021, 11:40 am
Brighton travel to Burnley on August 14 for their first Premier League match of the new season

Nottingham Forest have cancelled their final pre-season friendly against Burnley this weekend due to a small number of positive Covid-19 tests.

Wednesday’s game against Aston Villa was called off and the club have decided not to go ahead with Saturday’s visit of the Clarets.

“The situation is unchanged since yesterday when we had to cancel the Villa friendly with some players having to self-isolate,” said Forest boss and former Albion manager Chris Hughton.

“Therefore it is the right decision to cancel the fixture in the interests of players and staff from both clubs and our own supporters.

“It is disappointing that we have not been able to get a run-out against Premier League opposition but Sean Dyche and Burnley Football Club have been very understanding, for which I am grateful.

“I am also very disappointed that Forest supporters will have to wait a little bit longer to return to The City Ground but the team and I look forward to welcoming them back against Bradford and Bournemouth.

“The focus of everybody at the club is now to prepare for the (opening day) Coventry fixture.”

The Clarets will now pursue alternative plans for a fixture on Saturday as they continue their build-up to the new Premier League season.

Brighton, who take on Luton Town this Saturday for their second pre-season friendly, travel to Burnley on August 14 for their Premier League opener.