After yesterday’s match against Aston Villa was called off following a number of the Reds staff testing positive for coronavirus, Nottingham Forest have decided to cancel their pre-season friendly against Burnley on Saturday whilst players take precautions to isolate.
The Reds were supposed to play Premier League opposition in the run up to their Championship season start on Sunday 8th August at Coventry City, but will now be without a fixture for a fortnight going into the new campaign.
Forest were looking forward to welcoming back fans for the first time in nearly eighteen months as the match verses Burnley at the City Ground would have been played in front of spectators for the first time Trentside since 6th March 2020 when Forest were beaten 3-0 at home to Millwall.
Reds supporters were left feeling frustrated, but understanding of the decision, now the match at home to Bradford City in the Carabao Cup first round on 11th August offers a first long awaited home coming instead.
Manager Chris Hughton on the announcement stated “The situation is unchanged since yesterday when we had to cancel the Villa friendly with some players having to self-isolate. 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 Coventry fixture.”
The club have already sold over 1,800 tickets for the away match against Coventry with a further 2,000 made available for the trip to the Ricoh Arena.
*Main image @NFFC the City Ground will have to wait a little longer for the return of fans.