Leicester's match against Norwich City has been POSTPONED

Leicester’s Premier League clash with Norwich on New Year’s Day is CALLED OFF – with the Canaries missing at least 10 players through injuries and Covid

  • Leicester’s match against Norwich City on New Year’s Day has been postponed
  • The Premier League fixture between the pair was due to take place on Saturday 
  • The game has been called off due to a combination of injuries and Covid cases
  • Norwich reportedly struggled to field a five-a-side team during a training session

Leicester City’s Premier League match against Norwich City on New Year’s Day has been postponed.

The fixture – which was due to take place at 3pm on Saturday afternoon at the King Power Stadium – has been called off due to a lack of player availability in the visitors’ squad.

Norwich – who are missing at least 10 players – requested a postponement from the Premier League after explaining how their squad had been ravaged by injuries and positive Covid-19 cases.

Leicester City’s match against Norwich City (pictured) on New Year’s Day has been postponed

The postponement of Saturday’s fixture marks the third Foxes match that has been called off inside a month after games against Tottenham and Everton had to be rescheduled 

Both club’s confirmed the news on Thursday evening, with the Premier League providing further details in a statement.

Norwich released the following statement: ‘Norwich City can confirm that the club’s scheduled game against Leicester City (Saturday, January 1) has been postponed following a decision from the Premier League board. 

‘The postponement of the fixture comes after PCR test confirmation of positive COVID-19 results and injuries within the Norwich playing squad. 

‘Those individuals who have returned a positive COVID-19 test result are completing a period of self-isolation, as per Premier League protocols and government guidelines. 

‘The club regrets any inconvenience caused to Leicester City and both sets of supporters. Details of a rearranged date for the fixture, and future ticketing arrangements, will be communicated in due course.’ 

Norwich – who are missing at least 10 players – requested a postponement from the league

According to reports , Norwich had struggled to put together a five-a-side team in training on Thursday after being left severely depleted by Covid-enforced absences and injuries

While the Premier League wrote: ‘Following a request from Norwich City, the Premier League board met today and regrettably agreed to postpone the club’s fixture at Leicester City’s King Power Stadium, due to be played at 1500GMT on Saturday 1 January.

‘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 Covid-19 cases and injuries.

‘The decision by the board was able to be made in advance of the fixture to give clarity to the affected clubs and their fans. We apologise for the inconvenience and disruption caused to supporters’ festive plans.’

According to reports, Norwich had struggled to put together a five-a-side team in training on Thursday afternoon after being left severely depleted by Covid-enforced absences and injuries.  

Manager Dean Smith previously criticised the league’s lack of concern over player welfare 

Manager Dean Smith previously criticised the league’s lack of concern over player welfare following their defeat at Crystal Palace.

He said: ‘I didn’t have a lot of choice with the team and the subs today. ‘If that’s what the Premier League want, so be it. 

‘We should never be asked in the current climate to put players through that. Players will keep topping up the injury list.

‘We had three who dropped out yesterday. Max Aarons, Teemu Pukki and Todd Cantwell all pulled out. It’s a really hard time, not just for ourselves but for everyone at the moment.

‘I just told the players the half-term report: it’s not good enough and it needs to be better. If they want to maintain any kind of semblance of a Premier League team, we have to turn it around very quickly. It doesn’t help we only have 10 senior players.’ 

Norwich have apologised to their fans for any inconvenience the postponement has caused 

The postponement of Saturday’s fixture could benefit Jamie Vardy – who could be out of action for up to four weeks with a hamstring issue he sustained against Liverpool (above) 

The postponement of Saturday’s fixture marks the third Foxes match that has been called off inside a month after games against Tottenham and Everton had to be rescheduled. 

It is also the 17th match in total that has been called off in the Premier League in three weeks. 

However, the postponement could benefit Jamie Vardy – who could be out of action for up to four weeks with a hamstring issue he sustained during Tuesday’s fixture against Liverpool. 

‘Jamie will be out. It could be the next three to four weeks,’ said Rodgers. ‘It’s a hamstring. He could soldier on, which is what he wanted to do, but the scan has shown up as that.’  




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