Tranmere's first league game of 2021, away to Colchester United, has been called off an hour before kick off due to Coronavirus problems.

Rovers had already made the 255 mile journey to the JobServe Community Stadium, but the game has now been pulled, prompting an imediate return to Wirral for the squad.

A statement on the Tranmere club website said: "Tranmere Rovers Football Club can confirm today’s match at Colchester United has been suspended.

"The club had two players exhibiting Covid-19 symptoms this morning. Having consulted with the league, they confirmed they were happy for the fixture to proceed, as were the club.

"The club will be making no further comment."

Meanwhile, a statement on Colchester's website said: "The postponement has been necessary due to COVID-19 issues in both squads and a date for the rearranged game will be announced in due course."

Rovers are currently 13th in League Two. Today is the second recent postponement related to Covid-19 for the club.

Tranmere's home match against Stevenage last month was also called-off when the visitors were unable to field a side due to an outbreak of the virus.

It is unclear at this stage whether any Tranmere or Colchester players have tested positive for the virus.