Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers expressed his “disappointment” at Premier League’s avoidance to delay his side’s match with Tottenham Hotspur. So, the English Premier League refused to postpone the Tottenham-Leicester clash on Thursday as the club deals with a COVID-19 outbreak.
Rodgers said on Wednesday that Leicester will be without nine players due to a combination of coronavirus cases and injuries.
So, nine crucial first-team Leicester City footballers will be missing for their visit of Spurs.
Tottenham boss Antonio Conte has also revealed that Spurs asked the Premier League to postpone the game. After all, they themselves requested a postponement of their football match with Brighton after their own camp suffered COVID outbreak.
Indeed, Spurs themselves are just returning to action after missing their last two games due to this outbreak.
In any case, Tottenham will now certainly play their Europa Conference League game with Rennes that they postponed last week.
The only top-flight match that Premier League cancelled this week is Manchester United’s trip to Brentford. They had scheduled this fixture for Tuesday night (the football news).
Premier League Refused to Postpone the Tottenham-Leicester Clash
The Premier League board makes its decisions to postpone games on a case-by-case basis.
So, they take into account medical advice. They also determine whether the club making a request has managed to bring an outbreak of Covid-19 under control.
Answering questions about whether the club had sought a postponement, Leicester City head coach Brendan Rodgers said: “Yeah. We’ve looked at that. Unfortunately for us, [Premier League didn’t grant us] any dispensation which is obviously disappointing.
“We’re a team and a club that have always wanted to support all the measures and everything else, but maybe when you need a little bit of support with the extreme situation that we’re in, we weren’t able to get that which was disappointing.”