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Updated on: Thursday, December 16, 2021, 08:44 PM IST

Premier League: Leicester City's home clash against Tottenham Hotspur postponed due to COVID-19 outbreak

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Leicester City's home Premier League game with Tottenham Hotspur on Thursday has been postponed because of the Covid-19 outbreak. The Premier League said it took the decision because of "an increase in positive Covid-19 cases within Leicester's squad" on Thursday.

"In light of the new information, Leicester applied [on Thursday] for the fixture to be called off due to an ongoing outbreak within the squad, which has resulted in more players and staff testing positive for Covid-19 today," the Premier League said in a statement.

"This has left the club with an insufficient number of players available to fulfil the game," it added.

Earlier, Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers said on Wednesday an initial request to cancel the game had been rejected, with the club expecting to be without nine players because of Covid-related issues and injuries.

Leicester's training ground has been closed for 48 hours to help contain the outbreak. Their next game is scheduled to take place at Everton on Sunday.

"Given the increase in positive tests among first team personnel, first team operations at Seagrave will now be closed for 48 hours, serving as a circuit breaker to help reduce the risk of further infection," a Leicester statement said.

"First team players and staff will undergo a subsequent round of testing on Saturday," it added.

This is Spurs' third game to be called off due to COVID-19 after their Europa Conference League match against Rennes last week and a Premier League match against Brighton & Hove Albion over the weekend.

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Published on: Thursday, December 16, 2021, 08:44 PM IST
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