Leicester’s Premier League match against Tottenham on Thursday was postponed due to a Covid-19 outbreak in the Foxes team.
The postponement comes after Leicester made a second request to the Premier League to cancel the match, after confirming more positive coronavirus cases on Thursday morning.
Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers said on Wednesday it was “disappointing” that the Premier League has rejected an initial request from the Foxes for the match to be postponed.
“Leicester City can confirm that the Premier League board has decided to postpone Thursday night’s game against Tottenham Hotspur,” the club said in a statement.
Leicester City can confirm that the Premier League Board has decided to postpone Thursday night’s game against Tottenham Hotspur.
– Leicester City (@LCFC) December 16, 2021
“The decision was made under the guidance of medical advisors after the Club resubmitted the referral application following confirmation this morning (Thursday) of further positive tests for Covid-19 within the first team. As a result, the club has an insufficient number of First Team Players available to complete the game. “
Leicester added that the first team’s operations at their training ground would be halted for 48 hours, with the aim of acting as a “circuit breaker” to reduce the possibility of further cases.
The match becomes Tottenham’s third consecutive postponement, after a coronavirus outbreak saw the Europa Conference League match against Rennes and last weekend’s Premier League match against Brighton canceled.
The postponement comes hours after Brentford manager Thomas Frank called on the Premier League to suspend this weekend’s round of matches, with several top-tier clubs struggling to contain the Covid-19 outbreak.
Manchester United’s trip to Brentford on Tuesday and Watford’s visit to Burnley are the other Premier League games that have so far been canceled this week.
Chelsea will face Everton on Thursday night, while Liverpool will host Newcastle in the last two games of this Premier League round.
“The Premier League board of directors postponed the Leicester City game against Tottenham Hotspur tonight due to an increase in positive COVID-19 cases within the Leicester team today,” read a statement from the Premier. League.
“In light of the new information, Leicester asked for the match to be canceled this morning due to an ongoing outbreak within the squad, which resulted in more Covid-19 positive players and staff today.
“This left the club with an insufficient number of players available to meet the match.”
The Premier League has reiterated that it assesses requests for postponement of matches “on a case-by-case basis”.
Rodgers said in his pre-match press conference on Wednesday that his side had been a “big doubt” to take the field for a 4-0 win over Newcastle on Sunday, and that he was without nine first-team players due to a mixture of Covid and disease enter the game with the Spurs.
Tottenham now have three Premier League games that need to be rescheduled, even the match two weeks ago at Burnley has been postponed due to bad weather.
Spurs boss Antonio Conte said Wednesday that Tottenham had asked for the Leicester match to be postponed to allow them to play the Europa Conference League match against Rennes they had been forced to delay last week.
Tottenham confirmed the match had been canceled but did not issue a statement of their own.