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Luton Town’s opening Premier League home game with Burnley, scheduled for 19 August, has been postponed as works continue on upgrading Kenilworth Road.

The match, which would have been the Hatters’ first ever home Premier League game, has been called off because they cannot guarantee any work would not affect the game at short notice. Luton’s next scheduled home league game is against West Ham on 1 September.

Kenilworth Road is undergoing a dramatic £10m upgrade to prepare it for top-flight football. Luton, who beat Coventry on penalties in the Championship playoff final to secure their Premier League place, open their campaign with a trip to Brighton on 12 August.

The Luton chief executive, Gary Sweet, said: “The joint decision to delay this fixture is regrettable, especially given the amazing progress that continues to be made on our construction works.

“Our current programme is indeed on time, but there is no additional contingency and therefore can’t give a cast-iron guarantee at this stage that a problem outside of our control, however minor, wouldn’t force a postponement further down the line and inconveniencing supporters of both clubs.

“Although this news will be a disappointment, this will make the match day experience even greater for fans when they do get to come back. We would like to thank the Premier League and Burnley for their help in arriving at this practical decision.”

A Premier League statement read: “The Premier League match between Luton Town and Burnley, scheduled to take place on Saturday 19 August, will now be postponed.

“Luton Town were unable to offer the League and Burnley a guarantee that ongoing work to Kenilworth Road would not impact the scheduling of this match at late notice for supporters.”

Earlier on Friday, Rob Edwards’ side completed their third signing of the summer with the arrival of Tahith Chong from Birmingham City. The former Manchester United winger has joined for a reported £4m fee, following moves for Barnsley defender Mads Andersen and Rotherham winger Chiedozie Ogbene.

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Meanwhile, Manchester City’s home game with Brentford, scheduled for 23 December, has been postponed due to City’s involvement in the Club World Cup.

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