Leicester’s game with Burnley has been postponed after a combination of Covid-19, injuries and the sale of Chris Wood meant the Clarets could no longer name a full matchday squad.
Only 12 players were available for the match and their appeal to have the game called off was approved by the Premier League this morning. League rules state that clubs must fulfil games if they have 13 outfield players and one goalkeeper available.
Burnley’s entire attack was missing with Maxwel Cornet, Matej Vyrdra and Ashley Barnes unavailable. The departure of Wood to Newcastle for £25million this week exacerbated the situation.
Leicester have not played a league match since their 1-0 victory over Liverpool on December 28 after their two most recent games against Norwich and Everton were postponed.
Burnley had matches against Aston Villa and Everton postponed over the Christmas period but did play on January 2 at Leeds. They were beaten by Championship club Huddersfield in the FA Cup on Saturday.
Burnley are hopeful that Tuesday’s home game against Watford will go ahead. Leicester are due to play Tottenham at home on Wednesday night.
Leicester were without a number of their own stars for the trip to Turf Moor and with Jamie Vardy, Jonny Evans, Wesley Fofana, Timothy Castagne, Boubakary Soumare, Ricardo Pereira and Ryan Bertrand all injured or ill.
Brendan Rodgers was also without Wilfred Ndidi, Kelechi Iheanacho and Daniel Amartey as the trio are on international duty at the Africa Cup of Nations.
After the midweek trip to Goodison Park was postponed for the second time, Rodgers defended Leicester after they were accused of exploiting Premier League rules.
He said: “According to the rules, we had eight players. With young players in the FA Cup, but not ready to be playing at a Premier League level.
“Just because you have players, it doesn’t mean they’re ready. The integrity of the league is important.
“We had eight fit senior players. It’s not as if I’m someone who doesn’t play young players. I’ve put them in if I feel they’re ready.
“If I don’t put them in, I don’t think they’re ready from a football or mental aspect. And I don’t want to curtail the career of a young player. We have to put in our squad for every game, and where they’re at from a medical perspective.
“This week has given us a chance to recover the players. We’re still short but we want to play football. Hopefully we can have a run of games.”