The Premier League has confirmed that the match between Leicester and Norwich scheduled for New Year’s Day has been postponed due to the Canary Islands’ problems with Covid-19 falls and injuries.
This is the last match that has been postponed. Norwich have confirmed that they received positive PCR test results to go along with their substantial list of absenteeism from injuries.
The club can confirm that our planned match against Leicester City (Saturday, January 1) has been postponed following a decision by the Premier League board. ⬇️ # NCFC | #LEINOR
– Norwich City FC (@NorwichCityFC) December 30, 2021
The league’s statement reads: “Following a request from Norwich City, the Premier League’s board met today and unfortunately agreed to postpone the club’s match at Leicester City’s King Power Stadium, which will be played at 15:00 GMT on Saturday 1 January.
“The board accepted Norwich’s application because the club does not have the required number of players available for the match (13 outfielders and a goalkeeper), due to covid-19 cases and injuries.
“The decision of the board could be made before the match to provide clarity to the affected clubs and their fans. We apologize for the inconvenience and disruption to the supporters’ party plans.
“The league is aware that recent decisions to postpone matches will disappoint fans and understand their frustrations at a particular time of year when fans are looking forward to participating and watching football matches.
“The league strives to provide as much clarity as possible, but unfortunately postponements sometimes have to be made at short notice, as safety is our priority. Where possible, the league will strive to keep supporters updated if matches end up in the risk zone on a match day. “
Leicester coach Brendan Rodgers has been critical of the Premier League’s schedule of matches, saying: “If you end up with an ACL injury or a broken leg, because you’re doing a tired tackle, or some guy tackles you with a clumsy tackle, then that when there is a problem.
“It is the player’s welfare element and something that can affect a player’s livelihood.
“He may never play again or it may push him back in his career, and fatigue will play a big part in that.”
The Foxes recently lost Jamie Vardy to a hamstring injury and are also without Wesley Fofana, Ricardo Pereira, Caglar Soyuncu, Patson Baka and Jonny Evans to name a few.
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