Leicester’s Premier League trip to Everton postponed due to depleted squad


Leicester City’s Premier League match at Everton on Tuesday has been postponed because they have a depleted squad due to COVID-19 cases, injuries and players on international duty at the Africa Cup of Nations, the league announced on Sunday.

Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers had hinted that the club could ask for a postponement after fielding just eight senior players in Saturday’s 4-1 FA Cup victory over Watford.

“The Premier League Board accepted Leicester City’s application as the club does not have the required number of players available for the match (13 outfield players and one goalkeeper)…,” the league said in a statement.

It is the 19th Premier League match to be postponed this season.

Leicester is without Jamie Vardy, Jonny Evans, Ricardo Pereira, Wesley Fofana, Caglar Soyuncu, Patson Daka, Timothy Castagne, James Justin and Ryan Bertrand due to injuries, while Luke Thomas and Boubakary Soumare are also absent.

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Kelechi Iheanacho, Wilfred Ndidi and Daniel Amartey are with their respective countries at the Africa Cup of Nations, leaving Rodgers with a depleted squad.

Leicester’s match against Everton at Goodison Park was initially scheduled for Dec. 19 but was postponed after a COVID-19 outbreak at their club.

The East Midlands side also had its games against Tottenham Hotspur, and Norwich City postponed.

Everton also had two other matches postponed last month — against Newcastle United and Burnley.

Leicester is 10th in the Premier League on 25 points after 18 matches, while Everton is 15th on 19 points. 

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