Brendan Rodgers confirms Leicester players showing signs of coronavirus

Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers has revealed that “a few players” in his squad have shown “symptoms and signs” of the trending coronavirus.

As a result, the club have made sure that the players concerned are taking in a period of self-isolation.

They have been kept away from the rest of the first-team, in an effort to prevent the virus from spreading, but it remains to be seen what view the authorities will take on the situation at the club.

As things stand, Leicester’s game against Watford on Saturday will take place as planned.

Leicester manager Rodgers believes all regulations have been adhered to, telling reporters: “We’ve had a few players that have shown symptoms and signs (of coronavirus).

“We’ve followed procedures and (as a precaution) they have been kept away from the squad.”

The Premier League has so far avoided making the drastic calls which other top divisions in Europe have been forced into.

Serie A has shut down in Italy – with Juventus defender Daniele Rugani and Sampdoria forward Manolo Gabbiadini contracting coronavirus – with La Liga saying they will be doing likewise for the next two rounds of games.

Rodgers is among those hoping that turnstiles can remain open in England, but concedes that Leicester and their domestic rivals must adhere to the advice of the authorities.

He added: “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.

“Working in football, it’s about having that agility to move with what’s happening in football. We’re guided by football and federations. We have to press on with our work and prepare as normal.

“The game is all about the players and the fans. If you have one of those not there, it’s obviously not the same.”

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