Grenada were forced to play Real Sociedad with only seven senior players available

Grenada were forced to play Real Sociedad with only seven senior players available

Coronavirus bans have left Grenada with only seven first-team players available but they will still have to play Real Sociedad as planned.

Granada have been told to move on despite having only seven senior players available due to a coronavirus ban in Sunday’s La Liga match against Real Sociedad.

Beside Diego Martinez it was reported that he could only write the names of players in his squad who tested negative for COVID-19 and who did not travel to Cyprus for the Europa League match against Ammonia Nicosia on Thursday.

It was confirmed on Saturday that Martinez and striker Antonio Puertas were self-separating after showing symptoms of the virus.

Grenada asked the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) to postpone the game against Sociedad at Anoeta because they said they could not select enough players.

At the time, they issued a statement saying: “The league has informed Granada that it only allows players with a positive IgG index or a negative PCR and that those who have not traveled to Cyprus can travel to San Sebastian.

“Given these circumstances, the club requests that the match be postponed because it does not meet the minimum number of available players from the first team required for the official facial match controversy.”

However, in a statement on Sunday, Grenada said the RFEF’s competition committee had rejected his request.

The RFEF competition committee has rejected the club’s request to postpone the match against Real Sociedad, Grenada said in a statement.

“The team will tour San Sebastian in the next few hours with only seven players on the team who meet the requirements imposed by La Liga, along with subsidiary footballers and a youth team that also meets these requirements.”

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Granada are sixth in La Liga after winning four in 2020-21 and losing just one of their opening seven games.

Sociedad leaders are level at 17 points with Atletico Madrid, although through a kick-by f they could come in second due to the result of Villarreal’s ongoing clash with Galefe.

Fixtures will start at 16:15 CET, although the team is preparing to exit with reserve players.

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