Leicester forced to wait to discover whether they can play at home this weekend


The Foxes are due to host Crystal Palace at the King Power Arena on Saturday.

The Premier League is waiting to hear whether Leicester will be able to play at home this weekend or for the foreseeable future after the city was put under harder limitations due to a spike in coronavirus cases.

The Foxes are due to host Crystal Palace at the King Power Arena on Saturday however it is not yet clear whether, or where, the match will be played.

Non-essential stores will be closed from Tuesday after cases in the city represented 10 percent of all across the country favorable tests over the past week.

Premier League chief executive Richard Masters states contingencies remain in location to handle localised lockdowns (Mike Egerton/PA)

The prepared easing of limitations on Saturday, such as the resuming of dining establishments and bars, will not occur in the city, with individuals having actually been encouraged against all however vital travel.

Premier League chief executive Richard Masters stated the event highlighted the fragility of the competition’s Project Reboot strategies, however stated contingencies remained in location for such an event.

“We have had a huge dialogue with the authorities about the concept of neutral venues,” he informed MPs at a Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) committee proof session on Tuesday early morning.

” If what is occurring in Leicester– we’re waiting to hear– does impact the club’s capability to host home games– either the match on Saturday against Crystal Palace at 3pm– or subsequent matches, then we have the chance to put those matches in other places or delay up until a date when it is safe to do so.

“I’m yet to understand what the impact of the partial lockdown in Leicester is going to have on the club. But clearly it demonstrates the fragile project that we have on here. We can’t take it for granted.”

Masters stated there was a danger of the season not being finished if there were several lockdowns like this, and he stated: “It is all dependent on the course of the virus. We have shown our flexibility to that, but we have to operate within Government guidelines.”

Leicester handle Everton at Goodison Park on Wednesday night, with issues surrounding the form of striker Jamie Vardy

Jamie Vardy is having a hard time for goals at the minute (Michael Regan/NMC Pool/PA)

The former England forward has actually scored just two times in his last 10 matches for the club extending back to Boxing Day, however Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers states others should take obligation for goalscoring.

“There is a lot of spotlight on Jamie but it is not just about the striker, it is the team’s contribution. That is something we need to improve,” Rodgers stated.

” This is the obligation of the team and it’s my obligation to find ways we can get back to increasing our goalscoring. It’s the obligation of everybody.

“I think we would want to give him more service but we are looking at ways to develop and get our wingers back to being involved, creating goals and scoring goals – and of course our midfield players.”

Leicester stay 3rd in the table and now have simply a one-point benefit over Chelsea after irritating draws against Watford and Brighton because the reboot.

The 2016 Premier League champions have a doubt over James Maddison, who missed out on the Chelsea loss in the FA Cup last weekend with a hip injury.

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