Leicester v Spurs off because of Covid

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Leicester City's home Premier League game with Tottenham on Thursday has been postponed because of Covid-19.

The match, scheduled to kick off at 19:30 GMT, becomes the fourth top-flight game to be cancelled in the past week.

The Premier League said it took the decision because of "an increase in positive Covid-19 cases within Leicester's squad" on Thursday.

Leicester's training ground has been closed to help contain the outbreak.

"In light of the new information, Leicester applied [on Thursday] for the fixture to be called off due to an ongoing outbreak within the squad, which has resulted in more players and staff testing positive for Covid-19 today," read a Premier League statement.

"This has left the club with an insufficient number of players available to fulfil the game."

Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers said on Wednesday an initial request to cancel the game had been rejected, with the club expecting to be without nine players because of Covid-related issues and injuries.

Leicester City's manager Brendan Rodgers gives the thumbs up during the UEFA Europa League group C match between Leicester City and Legia Warszawa at Leicester City Stadium on November 25, 2021 in Leicester, United Kingdom.

Tottenham also wanted the game postponed to use the date to play their Europa Conference League game with Rennes, which was called off last week after a Covid outbreak.

Chelsea have also been hit by several positive coronavirus cases in their squad before Thursday's game against Everton, but that match is set to go ahead.

Brentford boss Thomas Frank has called for this weekend's Premier League fixtures to be postponed to let clubs deal with the most recent outbreak.

His comments followed Tottenham's match against Brighton on Sunday, Brentford's game with Manchester United on Tuesday and Burnley's match with Watford on Wednesday being postponed.

Brighton boss Graham Potter questioned how long "football can continue on the path it's on" after revealing his Covid-hit team wanted Wednesday's game against Wolves, which they lost 1-0, to be postponed.

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