Burnley vs Leicester City postponed due to Covid outbreak and injuries at Turf Moor

Leicester’s match with Burnley has been postponed following a combination of Covid-19, injuries and the sale of Chris Wood meaning the Clarets can no longer name an entire squad for the match.

Only 12 players were available for the match and their appeal to cancel the match was approved by the Premier League this morning. League rules state that clubs must fulfill matches if they have 13 players off the field and one goalkeeper.

Burnley’s entire attack was missing with Maxwell Cornet, Matty Verdra and Ashley Barnes unavailable. Wood’s £25m move to Newcastle this week has exacerbated the situation.

Leicester have not played a league match since their 1-0 win over Liverpool on December 28, after their last two games, against Norwich and Everton, were postponed.

Burnley had games against Aston Villa and Everton postponed over the Christmas period, but played on 2 January in Leeds. They were beaten by Huddersfield in the FA Cup on Saturday.

Burnley are hoping to continue Tuesday’s home game against Watford. Leicester will play Tottenham at home on Wednesday evening.

Leicester was without a number of its co-stars on the trip to Turf Moor and with Jamie Vardy, Jonny Evans, Wesley Fofana, Timothy Kastani, Popakari Somare, Ricardo Pereira and Ryan Bertrand all injured or ill.

Brendan Rodgers was also without Wilfried Ndidi, Kelechi Iheanacho and Daniel Amarty as the trio were on an international assignment at the Africa Cup of Nations.

After a midweek trip to Goodison Park was postponed for a second time, Rodgers defended Leicester after being accused of abusing Premier League rules.

He said: “According to the rules, we had eight players. With young players in the FA Cup, but they are not ready to play at the level of the Premier League.

“Just because you have players, it doesn’t mean they are ready. The integrity of the league is important.

“We had eight decent senior players. It’s not like I’m someone who doesn’t play with younger players. I put them down if I felt they were ready.

“If I don’t put them down, I don’t think they’re fit in football or mentally. And I don’t want to cut back on the young player’s career. We have to put our team in every game, and where they are from a medical perspective.

“This week has given us a chance to get the players back. We are still short but we want to play football. Hopefully we can get the games going.”


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