Burnley’s match with Leicester match postponed due to Covid-19 and injuries

Burnley manager Sean Dyche (left) and Leicester City counterpart Brendan Rodgers
Burnley boss Dyche missed his side’s FA Cup loss to Huddersfield Town due to Covid-19

Burnley’s home game against Leicester City on Saturday was postponed due to cases of Covid-19 and injuries at the Turf Moor camp.

The Premier League said they accepted Burnley’s request to call off the game as the Clarets did not have enough players to fill the game.

Premier League rules state that a club must play a game if they have 13 outfielders and a goalkeeper.

This is the 20th high-level game to be postponed this season due to Covid.

Burnley postponed their games against Watford, Aston Villa and Everton in December due to cases of Covid-19 among opposing teams.

The game against Watford has been rescheduled to take place on Tuesday January 18 and that could now be in doubt.

Burnley was without boss Sean Dyche and a number of first-team players due to Covid-19 when they were knocked out of the FA Cup by Huddersfield Town last Saturday.

“The board assesses requests for postponement of matches on a case-by-case basis, based on existing rules and adapted Covid-19 postponement guidelines, implemented in light of the new Omicron variant,” said a statement from the Premier League.

“The board will assess a number of factors, including a club’s ability to field a team; the status, severity and potential impact of the Covid-19 outbreak at the club; and the ability of players to come together. prepare and play the game safely.

“The board must also take into account the broader risks to the opposition and other people with whom club representatives may come into contact.”

The Premier League has to deal with this – Hasenhuttl

Burnley’s game against the Foxes was postponed after Forward Chris Wood has completed his move to relegation rivals Newcastle United Thursday after the Magpies triggered a release clause in the 30-year-old’s contract.

Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl believes there should be more transparency from the Premier League on the issues behind the decisions to cancel matches.

“They opened the door and you can’t be surprised that someone is passing by now,” Hasenhuttl said.

“I can’t say anything about the Covid situation there because that’s normally the reason you cancel matches. You have no eyesight, no transparency and you can’t say anything about it, the rest don’t is that speculation.

“They lost a striker, I don’t know, it’s all speculation. The Premier League has to deal with this.

“That is why I am saying that players or new signings should not be allowed to play in canceled games when they were not there before the scheduled date of that game.

“It is a problem they have and it is difficult to solve it at the moment.”

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has said he hopes clubs do not take advantage of the rules on postponements.

“I strongly, strongly hope that is not the case because I would be very angry,” said the Blues boss, who will be without defender Andreas Christensen against Manchester City on Saturday after the defender tested positive at Covid-19.

“We do everything to make the games happen and we were made to play when we thought maybe we shouldn’t.

“So I very much hope the rules are the same for everyone.”

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