Leicester City began their FA Cup title defence with a victory over Watford, however, Brendan Rodgers conceded that the Foxes’ upcoming match against Everton might not go ahead.
Leicester were resounding victors in their FA Cup tie against Claudio Ranieri’s men, even with an inexperienced backline. Rodgers elected to promote a number of youth players to the senior side in a game that left the Blue Army feeling confident about the future of the club, thanks to some promising performances from academy players.
The King Power team find themselves in the midst of a never-ending injury crisis that has been further worsened by COVID and AFCON. This has led to a number or fixtures getting postponed and Leicester’s game against Everton may be the next.
The east Midlands side have been one of the worst hit sides in the Premier League through injury over the last two years. Being left with just the eight available senior outfield players for their game against the Hornets.
This left Rodgers facing the fact that they may be forced to postpone their Premier League game against the Toffees, which is due to take place on Tuesday night:
"“We’ve been stretched in terms of numbers and for the integrity of the competition we’ll assess where we’re at.”– Brendan Rodgers, via BBC Sport"
English top-flight rules state that clubs must have fewer than 13 senior players to be able to submit a request a postponement. If no LCFC players return from injury before then, it seems likely a request will be made. The Foxes have already had two encounters cancelled this season. The Tottenham Hotspur and Norwich City December fixtures are set to a new date due to COVID running rampant across EPL teams.
The Norther Irishman will be hoping that with the January transfer window he can bring in additional reinforcements to strengthen a side that is performing below the expectations set over the last two years. A backline that has struggled and lacks depth means Leicester are in desperate need for new signings to increase squad depth as well as improve the worst defensive side from set-pieces this campaign.
If LCFC can bring in defensive cover, then there may still be a chance for them to finish in a European qualification spot as well as challenge in the Conference League.