Soccer-Injuries, COVID cases at Norwich force League to postpone Leicester game

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Soccer-Injuries, COVID cases at Norwich force League to postpone Leicester game
Soccer-Injuries, COVID cases at Norwich force League to postpone Leicester game   -   Copyright  Thomson Reuters 2021   -  

<div> <p> – Norwich City’s Premier League game at Leicester City on Saturday has been postponed due to <span class="caps">COVID</span>-19 cases and injuries in the Norwich squad, leaving them with insufficient players to fulfil the fixture, the league said on Thursday.</p> <p>It is the 17th Premier League match to be postponed due to <span class="caps">COVID</span>-19 cases and injuries this month.</p> <p>“The Board accepted Norwich’s application as the club do not have the required number of players available for the match (13 outfield players and one goalkeeper), due to <span class="caps">COVID</span>-19 cases and injuries,” the league said in a statement.</p> <p>Norwich had their game at West Ham United postponed due to <span class="caps">COVID</span>-19 cases, injuries and illness reported among players and staff, while Leicester had matches against Tottenham Hotspur and Everton postponed due to coronavirus cases among their players.</p> <p>“Those individuals who have returned a positive <span class="caps">COVID</span>-19 test result are completing a period of self-isolation, as per Premier League protocols and government guidelines,” Norwich said.</p> <p>“The club regrets any inconvenience caused to Leicester City and both sets of supporters.”</p> <p>The Premier League only grants a postponement if a club has fewer than 14 players — 13 outfield players and one goalkeeper — available, with the board examining requests on a case-by-case basis.</p> <p>Norwich are bottom of the table on 10 points after 19 matches, three points adrift of the safety zone. Leicester are ninth on 25 points after 18 matches.</p> <p>The United Kingdom reported a record 183,037 <span class="caps">COVID</span>-19 cases on Wednesday — over 53,000 more than the previous highest figure registered just a day earlier as it continues to battle a surge in infections fuelled by the Omicron variant.</p> <p/> </div>