Leicester’s Premier League fixture against Everton postponed due to player availability

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Leicester City’s Premier League match at Everton on Tuesday night has been postponed due to player availability.

Brendan Rodgers revealed that Leicester were considering an application to postpone the game at Goodison Park after fielding just eight senior players in the FA Cup victory over Watford. The fixture will be rearranged for a future date.

Rodgers is without Jamie Vardy, and a string of defenders including Jonny Evans, Caglar Soyuncu, Wesley Fofana, James Justin, Timothy Castagne, Luke Thomas, Ricardo Pereira and Ryan Bertrand, while striker Patson Daka and midfielder Boubakary Soumare are also absent.

Kelechi Iheanacho, Wilfred Ndidi and Daniel Amartey are away at the Africa Cup of Nations to leave Rodgers with a severely depleted squad, with the match at Everton understood to be in serious jeopardy.

Rodgers said: “We’ve been stretched in terms of numbers and for the integrity of the competition we’ll assess where we’re at.

“You saw the squad and the team we had against Watford so we have to see where we are in terms of players and take it from there.”

Leicester’s match against Everton was initially scheduled for December 19 but was postponed after a severe Covid-19 outbreak at the club’s training ground.

The Premier League released a statement, explaining their decision: “The Board was able to make its decision in advance of the fixture to give clarity to the affected clubs and their fans. We apologise for the inconvenience and disruption caused to supporters who planned on attending and watching the game, and we are aware that postponements will disappoint fans.

“The League aims to provide as much clarity as possible, but unfortunately postponements sometimes have to be made at short notice, as safety is our priority. Where possible, the League will endeavour to keep supporters updated if games become at risk on a matchday.

“The Board assesses applications to postpone matches on a case-by-case basis, based on existing rules and adapted COVID-19 postponement guidance, implemented in light of the new Omicron variant. The Board will assess a number of factors, including the ability of a club to field a team; the status, severity and potential impact of the COVID-19 outbreak at the club; and the ability of the players to safely prepare for and play the match. The Board must also consider the wider risks to the opposition and other people the club representatives may come into contact with.”

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