Leicester vs Spurs postponed due to Covid-19 outbreaks

Jason Soutar
Leicester City's ground: The King Power Stadium

Tottenham’s trip to Leicester on Thursday has been postponed due to the significant amount of Covid-19 cases at both clubs.

Spurs also had encounters against Brighton and Rennes delayed due to a Covid outbreak at the club.

Leicester have been struggling with cases themselves but travelled to Italy to face Napoli last Thursday before taking on Newcastle on Sunday afternoon.

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This follows Wednesday’s match between Watford and Burnley being called off hours before kick-off, as well as Manchester United’s trip to Brentford which was scheduled to take place on Tuesday.

Foxes boss Brendan Rodgers and Spurs head coach Antonio Conte both revealed earlier this week that they had asked for Thursday’s game to be postponed. They have now been granted their wish, as per multiple sources, including The Athletic.

Rodgers admitted he was ‘disappointed’ by the league’s decision to not postpone the match, saying: “We have looked at it but unfortunately for us we weren’t granted dispensation, which is disappointing because as a team and a club we have always wanted to support all the measures but when we need a little support with the extreme situation we find ourselves in we weren’t able to get it.

“There was a big doubt for the game against Newcastle on Sunday, but for the greater good of the game and for the supporters it went ahead.

“But since then we have picked up more injuries. They are not Covid-related but they are because players are picking up injuries because we can’t rotate the team and the squad because of the number of players we already have out.”

Conte said on Wednesday: “For sure, the Premier League didn’t want to postpone the game against Leicester, maybe because we have to play against Burnley and Brighton.

“We postponed two games before. I can understand, we can understand. On the other hand, I think we deserve to play our chance against Rennes to go to the next group.

“We don’t find a good solution between UEFA and the Premier League, why Tottenham has to pay for this?

“It’s not fair we have to pay for a situation that isn’t our fault? I understand if we did something wrong but in this way, for the club, the players, the staff, it’s very difficult to understand what is happening.”