EVERTON'S game against Leicester City on Tuesday has been called off because the Foxes do not have enough players available.
Brendan Rodgers' side has been badly hit by a Covid outbreak, while some stars have been lost to injury and others jetting off for the Africa Cup of Nations.
And it means Leicester do not have the required 13 outfield players and goalkeeper to compete in the Premier League clash.
It is the second time the Foxes' trip to Everton has been postponed due to Covid, with the game originally billed to take place on December 19.
And fans for both clubs have been told their purchased tickets will remain valid for the next confirmed date.
Leicester initiated the postponement after being hit by numerous absences among playing staff.
Stars including Jamie Vardy, Jonny Evans and Ricardo Pereira are suffering from long-term injuries.
Meanwhile, four players in Wilfried Ndidi, Kelechi Iheanacho, Daniel Amartey and Nampalys Mendy are at AFCON, with Patson Daka on standby.
Most read in Football
GUNNERS NEWS LIVE
Notts Forest build-up, Aaron Ramsey targeted, Dusan Vlahovic LATEST
GUNNERS NEWS LIVE
Ronaldo concerned with United form EXCLUSIVE, Pogba injury boost
Draw as Arsenal or Forest play Foxes, Man Utd or Villa vs Boro in fourth round
Jack invited me to a party night thriller at villa, says Towie Chloe
A Premier League statement read: "The Board was able to make its decision 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 who planned on attending and watching the game, and we are aware that postponements will disappoint fans.
"The League aims to provide as much clarity as possible, but unfortunately postponements sometimes have to be made at short notice, as safety is our priority.
"Where possible, the League will endeavour to keep supporters updated if games become at risk on a matchday.
"The Board assesses applications to postpone matches on a case-by-case basis, based on existing rules and adapted COVID-19 postponement guidance, implemented in light of the new Omicron variant.
“The Board will assess a number of factors, including the ability of a club to field a team; the status, severity and potential impact of the COVID-19 outbreak at the club; and the ability of the players to safely prepare for and play the match.
⚽ Read our Transfer News Live blog for the very latest rumours, gossip and done deals
“The Board must also consider the wider risks to the opposition and other people the club representatives may come into contact with.”
Leicester's 4-1 win over Watford in yesterday's FA Cup tie has been their only game of 2022 so far.
That's after their New Year's Day clash against Norwich was pushed back due to the Canaries suffering their own Covid woes.
Source: Read Full Article