Brendan Rodgers reveals that James Maddison, Ayoze Perez and Hamza Choudhury have apologized to their Leicester City teammates for violating Covid-19 protocols as the trio reintegrated into the FA Cup semi-final squad with Southampton
- Leicester players who have broken Covid rules are available against Southampton
- James Maddison and Ayoze Perez were among those dropped last weekend
- Brendan Rodgers’ squad is aiming to reach their first FA Cup final since 1969
- Maddison will now struggle to make his way into the UK selection for the euro
Brendan Rodgers has revealed that the Leicester players who break the Covid rules have apologized to their teammates for their error of judgment when the club attempted to reach their first FA Cup final since 1969.
James Maddison, Ayoze Perez and Hamza Choudhury were three of the players believed to have attended a meeting two weeks ago that violated protocols, and Rodgers chose not to pick them for last Sunday’s 3-2 defeat at West Ham as punishment.
The trio trained away from the rest of the group last week but rejoined the squad for this week’s sessions following clear talks after the Hammers game and are available for Sunday’s semi-final against Southampton at Wembley.
Brendan Rodgers says his players have accepted an apology from those who broke Covid rules
James Maddison (left) and Hamza Choudhury (right) were among those dropped last weekend
“We had a meeting early in the week and we accept their apologies,” Rodgers said.
The boys were genuine. Not only did they know they had made a mistake, they understood that the team is based on our pride and behavioral expectations and they fell under it.
So we accepted their apologies and today there was very good energy back in the squad. I think this will stimulate us again. ‘
Rodgers also said Maddison was full of regrets for the mistake that could end up in the England squad for Euro 2020 once and for all.
Maddison now faces a struggle to get into the English squad for the euro
The 24-year-old has already had a tough fight to make his way into Gareth Southgate’s final group after the recurrence of a hip problem that kept him out of Leicester’s starting XI for nearly two months.
Rodgers wouldn’t be drawn to Maddison’s international outlook, but added, “He was very sorry. I’ve always said I loved working with him, he’s a young player who made a mistake and he was man enough to keep his hands up, he didn’t hide from it.
He was bitterly disappointed in himself and bitterly disappointed that he had abandoned his teammates. He didn’t try to talk about anything except to say he had made a mistake. My job is to educate these young players so that they can make a better choice in the future. ‘