Leicester manager, Brendan Rodgers has confirmed that some members of his first-team squad has been isolated after showing signs and symptoms of Coronavirus.
According to the Foxes gaffee, those players have been kept away from the rest of the first team in a bid to stop the virus from spreading. However, it remains unseen the approach authorities will take concerning the situation at the club.
At the time of filing this report, Leicester’s game against Watford is poised to go on as scheduled. Arsenal however had their game against Manchester city postponed after a number of their players had contact with Olympiacos owner who is reported to have tested positive to the virus.
There is however nothing to suggest at the moment that the Foxes won’t be taking a trip to Vicarage road as earlier planned.
Rodgers who confirmed this report to reporters suggested that all regulations were strictly adhered to.
“We’ve had a few players that have shown symptoms and signs (of coronavirus).
“We’ve followed procedures and (as a precaution) they have been kept away from the squad.”
The Premier League has shyed away from making drastic decisions like other leagues in Europe have. Italy’s leagues are on a complete shutdown at the moment – with the earliest resume date announced as April 3 – after Juventus defender, Rugani and Sampdoria striker, Manolo Gabbiadini both tested positive to the virus. The Laliga also announced they would be postponing their next two rounds of fixtures.
A number of other leagues now play their games behind closed doors, an approach which has also been employed in the Champions and Europa Leagues.
Rodgers hopes that the league can still continue but says the club and other players in the Premier League should listen to the advice from relevant authorities in regards to the virus.
In addition, he said:
“Of course, from a football perspective, it would be a shame, but the public’s health is the most important aspect in all of this.
“Working in football, it’s about having that agility to move with what’s happening in football. We’re guided by football and federations. We have to press on with our work and prepare as normal.
“The game is all about the players and the fans. If you have one of those not there, it’s obviously not the same.”