An outbreak of Covid-19 has seen the Norwich City match postponed against Leicester City that was scheduled to take place on New Years Day. There was doubt over the game, before John Percy of the Telegraph later confirmed that the game had indeed been called off.
— John Percy (@JPercyTelegraph) December 30, 2021
Norwich City Match Postponed Following Covid Outbreak
Covid Hits Canaries Hard
This latest postponement is Norwich City’s second following the game against West Ham United on December 18. For Leicester City, the game being called off adds to their growing backlog of games after fixtures against Tottenham and Everton were also called off in December. The Canaries asked for the game against Leicester to be postponed due to Covid and injuries in the first team squad.
Premier League Statement
The Premier League confirmed that they had accepted Norwich’s request for the game to be called off in an official statement:
“Following a request from Norwich City, the Premier League board met today and regrettably agreed to postpone the club’s fixture at Leicester City’s King Power Stadium. The board accepted Norwich’s application as the club do not have the required number of players available for the match (13 outfield players and one goalkeeper), due to Covid-19 cases and injuries.” (Sky Sports)
The Premier League also said that the decision was taken as soon as possible to avoid fans being disrupted by late postponements that have seen games called off with less than two hours before kick off.
Self Isolation for Norwich City Players Confirmed
Norwich confirmed that the players who have returned positive tests will now enter into the required period of isolation:
“Those individuals who have returned a positive Covid-19 test result are completing a period of self-isolation, as per Premier League protocols and government guidelines.”
The Canaries will hope to fulfil their next fixture, which takes place in the Third Round of the FA Cup against Charlton Athletic on 9 January.
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