Mariners-Phoenix ALM game called off

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Several Central Coast players have tested positive to COVID-19 and are now in isolation, forcing the postponement of Monday's A-League Men's clash with Wellington Phoenix.

Under NSW government regulations, all A-League players and coaching staff must undergo daily rapid antigen tests, along with PCR tests every 72 hours.

They are still awaiting the results of the PCR tests and will be considered to be close contacts and must self-isolate until a negative result is received.

The fourth-placed Mariners were due to host the 10th-ranked Phoenix at Central Coast Stadium on Monday afternoon.

No decision has yet been made on the status of Central Coast's next scheduled A-League Men's fixture against Macarthur FC on New Years' Eve.

But the A-League Women's game between Wellington and the Newcastle Jets at Central Coast Stadium will go ahead as scheduled on Monday evening, although it will take place behind closed doors.

In other news, coach John Aloisi is uncertain whether Western United's New Years Day clash with Western Sydney Wanderers will go ahead as planned as both A-League Men teams deal with COVID-19 cases in their playing ranks.

Nine United players were unavailable for their Boxing Day loss to Melbourne Victory as either cases or close contacts.

Captain Alessandro Diamanti was one of two new cases, while four players were close contacts.

United had three previous positive cases: one who returned to training this week and two who were due to come out of isolation on Sunday.

Aloisi said the APL had spoken to United about postponing the Victory game but they'd wanted to play.

The Wanderers have also confirmed COVID-19 cases, with their Boxing Day clash with Newcastle postponed.

"(The Wanderers game) I'm unsure of. Not so much from our group or from where we're at. A little bit from Western Sydney Wanderers and the whole situation in Sydney," Aloisi said.

"That's more for the club and the APL to discuss - my understanding is that Western Sydney Wanderers have quite a few players that are out because of it - and if it's a risk for us to keep on moving forward because we're going to have more players.

"The risk is always going to be there but we knew it was more of a controlled risk today."

Melbourne City's six COVID-19 cases saw their December 27 game against Brisbane Roar postponed, while Sydney FC were without Bobo and Elvis Kamsoba for their win over Macarthur.

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