Reading FC have announced that their Boxing Day clash with Peterborough United has been postponed due to "continued Covid-19 cases in our first team and Under-23 squads."

The postponement comes just days after the club's 150th-anniversary celebration match against Luton Town suffered the same fate. With the spread of the Omicron variant of Covid, 25 games across the top four divisions of English football were postponed over the last week.

As of Monday, the EFL confirmed that the festive fixture list will continue as usual, but they did acknowledge that there would likely be further postponements.

"We are disappointed to announce that our visit to Peterborough United on Boxing Day has been postponed," Reading's official statement said.

"This decision, which has now been confirmed with the EFL, comes as a result of a significant number of ongoing COVID-19 cases within our first team and Under-23 squads.

"In light of the increased transmission rate of the Omicron variant, the EFL will review the circumstances surrounding the postponement and continue to assist affected clubs throughout this challenging period to help them mitigate against the risk of infection amongst players and staff.

"We apologise for the inconvenience and disappointment that this causes to supporters of both clubs. However, the priority remains the health, safety and welfare of our players, coaching team and club staff and their full recovery at the earliest time.

"We will announce the date of the rearrangement in due course, once agreed with the EFL and Peterborough.

"Any tickets that have been purchased will remain valid for the rearranged fixture; supporters can request a refund if they are unable to make the rescheduled game. In both circumstances, we ask that supporters should keep hold of their tickets."

Reading are slated to next be in action on Wednesday, December 29th, but there is understandable concern as to whether that game will also have to be postponed as well.