Leicester City takes on Napoli in Italy tonight, but Brendan Rodgers will be forced to play without some important players who will be out with Covid-19 related illnesses.
Leicester City’s representatives are positive that their Europa League match against Napoli will proceed on Thursday, despite the fact that their squad has been severely affected by illness and Covid-19.
The British press has reported on the matter but claimed that the situation was not as difficult as the one faced by Tottenham recently. However, Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers confirmed that seven players and three staff members have not traveled to Italy.
Jannik Vestergaard, Ademola Lookingman, Daniel Amartey, Kelechi Iheanacho, and Daniel Amartey were among the people who weren’t on the plane to Naples. However, Youri Tielemans, who missed five games due to calf strain, is now available.
Meanwhile, Napoli too will be without some of its most important footballers who’ve been lost to injuries over the past weeks.
To combat the spread of the disease, Leicester has taken additional Covid-secure precautions. Each member of the squad tested more frequently, including before departure for Italy and before departing the hotel to train at the Diego Armando Maradona Stadium.
Rodgers explained the situation to reporters but refused to confirm the names of the missing players.
We’ve had a number of people, staff and players, who haven’t travelled. We’ve had some positive (Covid) cases, some are generally not well, so we haven’t taken the risk. We will have seven unavailable.
Napoli takes on Leicester City in the final group game of the Europa League at 18.45 local time.