EVERTON’S match against Leicester City on Tuesday was postponed because the Foxes did not have enough players.
Brendan Rodgers’ side has been hit hard by the Covid outbreak, while some stars have been lost to injuries and others left because Africa Cup of Nations.
And that means Leicester do not have enough 13 players and goalkeepers off the field to play in the Premier League clash.
This is the second time the Foxes’ trip to Everton has been postponed due to Covid, with the game originally scheduled for December 19.
Stars including Jamie Vardy, Jonny Evans and Ricardo Pereira are suffering from long-term injuries.
Meanwhile, four players Wilfried Ndidi, Kelechi Iheanacho, Daniel Amartey and Nampalys Mendy are at AFCON, with Patson Daka on standby.
A Premier League statement read: “The Board was able to make its decision ahead of the game to give clarity to the affected clubs and their fans.
“We apologize for the inconvenience and disruption caused to our supporters who had planned to attend and watch the match, and we know that postponing the game will be disappointing to fans. .
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“The federation aims to provide as much clarity as possible, but unfortunately sometimes postponements have to be made in the short term because safety is our priority.
“If possible, the League will try to keep supporters up to date if matches are at risk on a match day.
“The board evaluates applications for postponement on a case-by-case basis, based on existing rules and revised COVID-19 postponement guidance, implemented based on the new Omicron variant.
“The board will evaluate a number of factors, including a club’s ability to create a team; the status, severity and potential impact of the COVID-19 outbreak at the club; and the players’ ability to prepare and play the game safely.
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“The board must also consider the greater risks to the opposition and others that club representatives may come into contact with.”
Leicester’s 4-1 win over Watford in yesterday’s FA Cup match was their only game of 2022 so far.
That’s after their New Year’s Day clash with Norwich was pushed back as the Canaries suffered from their own Covid woes.
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