Three Leicester players self-isolate over coronavirus fears, confirms Rodgers

Three Leicester City players are currently in isolation after showing symptoms of coronavirus, according to manager Brendan Rodgers.

The Northern Irishman says that the club has followed advice from doctors and the unnamed players have been kept away from the squad.

‘We’ve had a few players who have shown symptoms and signs,’ Rodgers said in a press conference ahead of Leicester’s game at Watford on Saturday.

‘We’ve followed procedures and they’ve been kept away from the squad.

‘We’ve self-isolated them and we’ll see how that develops.

‘We’ve had three players (in self-isolation).’

There is the prospect of Premier League games being played behind closed doors as the outbreak continues, which is something Rodgers will accept as the wise course of action, although feels the matches would be ‘totally different’ as a result.

‘From a football perspective it would be a shame but the public’s health is the most important aspect in all of this,’ Rodgers said.

‘We’re guided on that. There are experts in various fields that will be looking at that.

‘The game is about the players and the fans and if you have one not there, it’s not the same. It’s a totally different experience.

‘You saw the athletics championships recently in Qatar, and you felt for the athletes who had been working all this time.

‘There is synergy, it’s what it’s about. You go out when the stands are full and that’s your time to shine. You’re trying to make your people proud, your city proud.

‘Sport, and in particular football, it’s about the players and the fans.’

Leicester travel to Watford for the 12.30pm kick-off on Saturday and the game has not been cancelled or postponed, as yet.

There was further bad news from Rodgers as he also confirmed Ricardo Pereira is out for the season due to an ACL injury and James Maddison is sidelined for a number of weeks with a calf problem.

Rodgers said of Pereira’s season-ending problem: ‘He’s a brilliant player and has been great for us all season. It’s a blow for us.

‘With an injury like that you’re looking at four months earliest, latest six months. That’s the time-scale we’re expecting.’

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