MATCHDAY: Bologna play in Serie A despite barely training

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Inter Milan players warm up at the Renato Dall'Ara stadium in Bologna, Italy on Thursday, January 6, 2022. At least four of the 10 Serie A matches scheduled for Thursday will not be played after local health authorities have ordered teams to self-quarantine amid rising coronavirus cases.  The matches concerned so far are: Bologna against Inter Milan, Atalanta against Turin, Fiorentina against Udinese and Salernitana against Venezia.  Quarantine orders came from authorities in Bologna, Turin, Udine and Salerno.  (Massimo Paolone / LaPresse via AP)

Inter Milan players warm up at the Renato Dall’Ara stadium in Bologna, Italy on Thursday, January 6, 2022. At least four of the 10 Serie A matches scheduled for Thursday will not be played after local health authorities have ordered teams to self-quarantine amid rising coronavirus cases. The matches concerned so far are: Bologna against Inter Milan, Atalanta against Turin, Fiorentina against Udinese and Salernitana against Venezia. Quarantine orders came from authorities in Bologna, Turin, Udine and Salerno. (Massimo Paolone / LaPresse via AP)

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A look at what’s going on in European football this Tuesday:

ITALY

Quarantined by local health authorities, Bologna, mid-table, had virtually no training before a Serie A match in Cagliari, threatened with relegation. The game was originally scheduled for Sunday, then postponed for two days to give Bologna’s seven COVID-19 positive players more time to recover. The one-week quarantine expired on Sunday night and Bologna issued a statement expressing its disapproval of playing with so little time to train. Bologna’s 2022 opener against Serie A leaders Inter Milan has not been played.

ENGLAND

The Premier League is catching up after 19 postponements due to coronavirus cases, and Southampton’s home game against Brentford is the first of the revamped matches to be played. Both teams are well away from the relegation zone and are looking to climb to the middle of the table with a win. Southampton needed extra time before they clinched an FA Cup victory over Swansea on Saturday, adding to the heavy workload of a COVID-19 and injured team while losing full-back Yan Valery to suspension after receiving a cardboard Red. Alex McCarthy, Che Adams, Kyle Walker-Peters, Mohammed Salisu, Moussa Djenepo, Tino Livramento, Thierry Small and Will Smallbone have already been released. Asked if he would have enough players against Brentford, Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl said: “Right now it’s (a) lottery. You wake up in the morning and go to the training ground. You are sitting at breakfast and expecting new cases (of coronavirus). “

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