The sailors should greet Brian Barry-Murphy’s side tomorrow at Bloomfield Road for their traditional festive encounter

But the game has now been suspended after Rochdale informed the EFL that they “cannot meet” the game

The matter is now being investigated by the EFL and a rescheduled date will be announced in due course

“Rochdale’s League One game against Blackpool on Saturday 26th December was suspended, “the EFL said in a statement

“The club informed the EFL that they stopped the game after a recent positive COVID-19 test and a requirement that players and staff self-isolate to risk exposure, as per EFL and government guidelines reduce, cannot fulfill”Another infection

“The circumstances of the postponement will now be the subject of an investigation under EFL regulations

Blackpool’s midweek trip to Sunderland has also been postponed following a Covid outbreak at the Stadium of Light

Rochdale is just the youngest League One club to cancel a game due to Covid Sunderland, Ipswich Town, Peterborough United, and Hull City are suffering from outbreaks

Blackpool duo Chris Maxwell and Matty Virtue tested positive earlier this week, but the Seasiders’ Boxing Day clash should go ahead as planned as the rest of the team showed no symptoms

Maxwell and Virtue returned positive tests during their free time, as head coach Critchley did not complete any training sessions on Sunday or Monday after Saturday’s goalless draw at Accrington Stanley

Head coach Neil Critchley said a “soccer breaker” could not be ruled out to combat the spread of the new strain of coronavirus

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