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Leicester City pledge to play Newcastle United unless availability situation becomes ‘critical’

1 month ago
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Brendan Rodgers has insisted that he definitely wants the match to go ahead at the King Power on Sunday.

The Leicester City boss stating that they won’t be looking for ‘excuses’ to prevent the game being played as scheduled.

That is, unless the Foxes ‘get to an absolutely critical stage’ according to Brendan Rodgers.

Leicester City announced on Wednesday that seven players wouldn’t be travelling for the Napoli game on Thursday night, due to positive covid tests and / or illness.

Those seven were Ademola Lookman, Daniel Amartey, Kelechi Iheanacho, Ayoze Perez, Filip Benkovic, Vontae Daley-Campbell and Jannik Vestergaard. With the Leicester Mercury reporting that none of those seven will be available for the Newcastle match either.

When Brendan Rodgers named his last Premier League team for the defeat against Villa last Sunday, only Lookman of the seven above was in the starting eleven.

Brendan Rodgers says that further covid tests will take place today, so here’s hoping they don’t discover any more players have tested positive.

Brendan Rodgers talking to the Leicester Mercury ahead of Sunday’s game against Newcastle United – 9 December 2021:

“I want the players to play [against Newcastle United on Sunday].

“We won’t find excuses, unless we get to an absolutely critical stage.

“We want to play football games.

“We will recover and look to get back out there on Sunday [against Newcastle United].

“The one thing I will say about us as a club, is we have always been vigilant.

“The club has been amazing.

“Before we arrived out here [in Naples], in the space of a couple of days, we had three tests.

“We had two tests on Tuesday and a test yesterday (Wednesday) and will get back and have a test tomorrow (Friday), so there is every measure they put in place, especially by the Premier League clubs and ourselves.

“We have been as vigilant as we can. That is the nature of the virus. We will look to do everything we can to keep football playing.”

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