Maddison, Perez & Choudhury missing vs West Ham
Leicester of course faced off with West Ham a short time ago.
The Foxes, despite a late brace from the in-form Kelechi Iheanacho, were unable to secure a positive result on Sunday, eventually losing the tie 3-2 on the back of a dominant opening hour or so from West Ham.
Leicester, in turn, remain 3rd in the Premier League table, but are now just a single point ahead of West Ham, and in real danger of slipping out of the top-four come the end of the season.
The visitors’ defeat on Sunday, meanwhile, came with all of Ayoze Perez, James Maddison and Hamza Choudhury omitted from their matchday squad.
When drawn on the absence of the trio pre-match, Brendan Rodgers gave very little away:
“They’re not available for this game, but they’ll join the group next week and be available for the semi-final.”
Leicester release Covid-19 statement
Rumours, though, spread earlier in the day that the trio had attended a house party, playing a role in their omission against the Hammers.
And now, a Leicester statement has all but confirmed this.
A spokesperson confirmed that there had been a breach of Covid-19 protocols at the club, and though the statement did not specifically mention Perez, Maddison or Choudhury, it seems fairly clear that they were indeed the players involved.
The Telegraph also report that the party was held at Perez’s house, with the trio involved, despite their offence, having not been fined.
“The club has made its expectations around adherence to COVID-19 protocols abundantly clear to all its personnel.
“It is extremely disappointing, therefore, to learn of a breach that had the potential to undermine the efforts of club staff to protect the environments in which our teams train and play. Appropriate measures have been taken to prevent our team bubbles being compromised.
“We wholly expect our people to behave in a way that reflects the national effort and the sacrifices made by our communities to control the spread of the virus. Those involved have apologised for their poor judgement. Our response to the matter will be concluded internally.”
— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) April 11, 2021
This article was edited by Conor Laird.