Leicester City stars James Maddison, Hamza Choudhury and Ayoze Perez dropped for West Ham match after Covid-19 lockdown breach
Leicester City City stars James Maddison, Hamza Choudhury, and Ayoze Perez were dropped for their match with West Ham after a reported Covid-19 lockdown breach.
The trio were mysteriously absent from the Foxes’ squad at the London Stadium on Sunday.
Queried about their non-attendance, Brendan Rodgers said ahead of the match: “Not available for this game.
“But after this game it will be fine, they will join the group next week and be ready for next week’s semi-final.”
The Sun’s report comes as the club battles for a top four finish with Champions League qualification at stake.
A Leicester City spokesman said: “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.
“Appropriate measures have been taken to prevent our team bubbles being compromised.”
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To make matters worse, Leicester are currently 3-1 down to West Ham in the Premier League fixture.
If the scoreline remains the same they will have just a two-point cushion over fifth-place Chelsea.
And Maddison also missed an excellent opportunity to win a place in Gareth Southgate’s England squad for Euro 2020.
Instead he will go home from the London Stadium with two-goal Jesse Lingard in his thoughts.