Leicester in turmoil as key stars miss crucial Europa League clash against Napoli after Covid-19
First Tottenham, now Leicester! Foxes are hit by their own Covid outbreak as Brendan Rodgers confirms SEVEN players will miss their crucial Europa League clash against Napoli
- A number of stars and employees have not traveled after a Covid-19 outbreak
- Leicester will face Napoli in the Europa League on Thursday at the Stadio San Paolo
- Brendan Rodgers tops Group C and plays against Newcastle on Sunday
Leicester are without seven players for their decisive Europa League clash at Napoli amid a Covid-19 outbreak at the club.
Ademola Lookman, Kelechi Iheanacho, Ayoze Perez, Daniel Amartey, Jannik Vestergaard, Filip Benkovic and Vontae Daley-Campbell have not traveled, along with three staff, although not all cases are believed to be Covid-19, with some players suffering from other illnesses .
Leicester will face Newcastle in the Premier League on Sunday and will continue to monitor developments ahead of that game.
Ademola Lookman will be absent from Leicester’s Europa League match against Napoli on Thursday
Kelechi Iheanacho is absent again and will not travel to Naples for the European clash
“You’re starting to see more and more cases, and it’s always been about the health of our players and respecting the country we’re traveling to,” said manager Brendan Rodgers.
“We still have a strong team. We have done several tests. Thursday morning we did another test before boarding our flight.
“We’ve done everything we can to get here as safely as possible. We didn’t take any chances with anyone.’
It is the latest Covid failure in the Premier League this week after Tottenham boss Antonio Conte said eight first-team players and five staffers had tested positive for the virus. Chelsea midfielder Mateo Kovacic also posted a positive result.
Leicester itself was hit by Covid last March, days before the Premier League was suspended for three months under the terms of the first national lockdown.
Asked about the game against Newcastle, Rodgers added: “I’m just looking at the next game. We focus on the players who are here for a big game ahead of us. We will have to see what develops in the coming days.’
A win for Leicester sees them go straight to the last 16 as group winners, while a draw would seal a place in at least the last 32.
Brendan Rodgers talks to media ahead of his side’s Europa League clash against Napoli
But a defeat would leave Leicester third in the group and forced to spend the remainder of the campaign in the Europa Conference League.
Key midfielder Youri Tielemans returns after a month’s absence, while Jamie Vardy is expected to play for the first time in the league this season.