The impact of COVID-19 continues to be felt across world football.
While the severity of the virus thankfully looks to be waning the world over, the impact and ability to transmit remains as strong as ever and footballing fixtures are being chalked off on a daily basis.
In the English Premier League, for example, some teams are as many as five games behind others, with the rescheduling impact sure to be felt by plenty of sides further down the track.
While that complete fixture overhaul is yet to manifest in the Indonesian Premier League, plenty of games have fallen foul of COVID-19.
With COVID-19 clearly present in the Indonesian Premier League, players and managers have had to miss individual games due to positive cases.
However, records were broken back in early February as mid-table Madura United were set to play league strugglers Persipura at the Kompyang Sujana Stadium in Denpasar.
The mandatory pre-match PCR tests showed that 24 people from the Madura United camp were COVID-19 positive, a haul that included 20 players and four staff members.
For mid-table Madura United, battling away in 11th place in Liga 1 was perhaps not the season they had envisaged. However, having a couple of games in hand could give them the chance to improve over the next few fixtures and kick on towards the end of the season.
They are currently on a four-game unbeaten run, so are looking to build on this. However, their game against Persija Jakarta was also called off.
In a similar vein, Persipura have been battling away at the bottom of the table all season and are currently in the relegation zone.
Bouncing back from the Madura United cancellation was important for Persipura, who have picked up five points from their last five games – suggesting that things are improving within the camp and that they have a realistic chance of survival.
Both sides will be hoping that when the fixture is rearranged, they can pick up the three points they need for their respective endeavors.