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Amid house party claims, Brendan Rodgers speaks out over Maddison & Perez absences vs West Ham

Amid house party claims, Brendan Rodgers speaks out over Maddison & Perez absences vs West Ham


Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers has spoken out briefly regarding the respective absences of James Maddison, Ayoze Perez and Hamza Choudhury from his matchday squad to face West Ham United.

CL showdown

Rodgers and co. are currently locked in action at the London Stadium, in a highly anticipated meeting with the Irons.

The clash of course marks a key one in the Premier League’s top-4 race, with the two sides having enjoyed stellar respective campaigns to date.

It is visitors Leicester who held the advantage ahead of kick-off, sitting in 3rd, four points adrift of 2nd-placed Manchester United.

West Ham, though, simply continue to defy the odds, and climbed temporarily clear of capital rivals Chelsea into 4th courtesy of a hard-fought 3-2 win at Wolves on Monday night.

As such, a hotly contested, end-to-end affair is widely predicted in East London this afternoon.

‘Not available…’

Considering the importance of the clash, it therefore no doubt came as a major source of concern for fans of today’s visitors when, upon the announcement of their side’s matchday squad, a trio of key players were conspicuously absent.

The individuals in question? James Maddison, Ayoze Perez and Hamza Choudhury:

Whilst the omission of the three Foxes stars may have come as a surprise to some, however, others had in fact hinted at such a possibility earlier on Sunday.

This came amid suggestions that Maddison and Perez broke lockdown restrictions to attend a party at teammate Choudhury’s house on Friday night.

In turn, speaking ahead of the action getting underway at the London Stadium, Brendan Rodgers was inevitably drawn on the situation.

The Leicester boss, though, was keen to give as little away as possible, simply confirming that the trio were ‘not available’ this afternoon. All, however, are in line to return to the Foxes fold ahead of next weekend’s FA Cup semi-final showdown with Southampton:

‘They’re not available for this game, but after this game, they’ll be fine. They’ll join the group next week and be ready for next week’s semi-final.’


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This article was edited by Josh Barker.

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