Leicester have confirmed three of their players have been isolated over coronavirus fears. Brendan Rodgers revealed three players were suffering symptoms and are now in isolation ahead of the Foxes’ game with Watford on Saturday.
“We’ve had a few players that have shown symptoms and signs (of coronavirus),” Rodgers said.
“We’ve followed procedures and (as a precaution) they have been kept away from the squad.”
Asked about how the virus could effect football he said: ”Of course, from a football perspective, it would be a shame, but the public’s health is the most important aspect in all of this.”
The news of Leicester players being in quarentine follows Real Madrid shutting down their operations due to a basketball player testing positive and Juventus defender Daniele Rugani also testing positive.
Plans are being drawn up for the football season with the possibility of Premier League games being played closed doors.
Elsewhere fixtures in both La Liga and Serie A have been postponed. The Champions League and Europa League could also be suspended with UEFA setting a meeting for next Tuesday.
Other sports have also taken action with Indian Wells and now the Miami Open off with the ATP and WTA set to announce a six-week suspension in the tennis calendar.
The Australian Grand Prix – the season-opening race – looks like it will be postponed as well after McLaren pulled out of the race following a postive test in their team.
On Wednesday night Manchester City’s game with Arsenal was postponed over coronavirus fears after Arsenal players came into contact with the Olympiakos owner who has the virus.
The coronavirus was upgraded to a pandemic yesterday by the World Health Organisation and Boris Johnson is holding a Cobra meeting today to discuss the next steps for the country.
It is expected that we will enter the ‘delay’ phase which could see schools closed, sporting events played without spectators and working from encouraged.
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Published at Thu, 12 Mar 2020 14:07:00 +0000