Brendan Rodgers has revealed that he expects his side’s clash against Tottenham Hotspur on Thursday to go ahead despite the COVID-19 outbreaks at both clubs.
As a result of the outbreak of the virus at Spurs, the club’s Europe Conference League clash against Rennes and their Premier League clash against Brighton were called-off.
UEFA have since revealed that Tottenham’s clash with Rennes will not be rescheduled as they could not work out an agreement that suits both clubs.
Reports initially indicated that many at Spurs expected their clash against Leicester to also be postponed but it then emerged on Sunday that the North London club were hopeful of being able to play the fixture.
Leicester themselves were without seven players for their 3-2 defeat against Napoli in the Europa League last Thursday after they tested positive for COVID.
Rodgers admitted that he has not been informed by the Premier League that his side’s clash against Antonio Conte’s men will not go ahead.
However, Spurs have since been hit by another first-team positive case upon their return to training, as well as an outbreak in the U23 side.
The Foxes boss told The Daily Mail: “I can’t give the number of Covid cases (at Leicester). It’s medical and something I don’t need to declare to you but we have a host of players out, a mixture of Covid and of course players that aren’t well, so that’s as much as I can say.
“I’ve not heard anything that the Spurs game is not on, and obviously with the European decision as well, with Tottenham not being able to play (UEFA have said their meeting with Rennes will not be rescheduled), I suspect the game would go ahead. We haven’t been told anything otherwise.”
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We will learn over the next couple of days if the game is likely to go ahead as the results of the Covid tests administered over the weekend become public.
At this point, it seems as if the game is expected to go ahead, which is a positive for Spurs given that the club cannot afford to have another game postponed without risking a massive fixture pile up.
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