Brendan Rodgers has revealed that the Premier League rejected Leicester’s request to postpone their upcoming assembly with Tottenham, regardless of the Foxes having 9 gamers dominated out.
The Leicester squad has been decimated by damage, sickness and coronavirus circumstances in current occasions with the absences set to depart them and not using a match, senior centre-back forward of the conflict.
Spurs additionally requested that the sport be pushed again as they’re nonetheless recovering from a mass Covid-19 outbreak that noticed video games towards Rennes and Brighton postponed final week.
Nonetheless, regardless of pleas from either side for the Premier League to intervene, the sport is about to go forward on Thursday.
“We’ve checked out that. Sadly for us, we weren’t granted any dispensation, which was disappointing,” Rodgers mentioned in his pre-match press convention.
“We’ve wished to assist the measures, however after we wished assist for the intense state of affairs we have been in, it’s disappointing to not get the assist.
“We have been contact and go for the Newcastle sport. We’ve picked up a few accidents as effectively, which are Covid associated as a result of we will’t rotate the group. We’ll put out the most effective group we will.”
He added: “There could have been video games referred to as off with extra gamers accessible than what we have now however we weren’t on condition that privilege. It’s a really testing time of the yr anyway. To not be given assist is somewhat disappointing.”
Amongst these out for Leicester are Jonny Evans, who was taken off partway by his facet’s 4-0 victory over Newcastle on Sunday, and common defensive accomplice Caglar Soyuncu, who has a hamstring difficulty.
Daniel Amartey, who would usually deputise, isn’t accessible both having solely simply come again after testing optimistic for coronavirus. Jannik Vestergaard can also be lacking, whereas James Justin is but to get better from an ACL damage and Wesley Fofana continues to be sidelined too.
Wilfred Ndidi is prone to occupy one of many centre-back slots, however Brendan Rodgers will likely be scratching his head attempting to work out who will play alongside him. Ryan Bertrand and Timothy Castagne have some expertise within the function, although solely in a again three.
Additionally absent for the Spurs sport are Kelechi Iheanacho, Ayoze Perez, Hamza Choudhury, Filip Benkovic, Ademola Lookman and Vontae Daley-Campbell, all attributable to Covid-19 or sickness.
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