Fulham’s postponed trip to Tottenham Hotspur has been hastily rearranged for Wednesday night by the Premier League.

The League moved swiftly to reschedule the London derby, originally called off after Christmas when Fulham were hit by a coronavirus outbreak, after a similar outbreak at Aston Villa meant that Tottenham’s visit to the Midlands was placed in jeopardy. The Cottagers are understood to be unhappy at the short notice provided to them about the possibility of the change in fixture – especially as they were expecting to have a free midweek slot to prepare for the forthcoming derby against Chelsea.

Scott Parker’s side were taken to extra time by Championship QPR in the FA Cup at the weekend – eventually winning 2-0 – and Fulham have reportedly told the Premier League that they may have fielded an entirely different starting eleven had they known that this fixture switch was planned. The Whites are only just getting their first team squad back together after a coronavirus-enforced break, which saw fixtures against Spurs and Burnley postponed after Christmas.

The addition of the Tottenham fixture, which will kick off at 8.15pm on Wednesday night, means that the visit of Chelsea to Craven Cottage has been put back to 5.30pm on Saturday evening.