Burnley's clash with Leicester OFF due to Covid outbreak and injuries in Sean Dyche's squad

BURNLEY'S home match with Leicester City tomorrow has been postponed.

The Clarets applied to have the match called off due to a combination of injuries and new Covid cases.

That led the club to submit a request to the Premier League for their match to be called off, which has been granted.

The Premier League board met on Friday morning and judged Burnley did not have sufficient players to fulfil the fixture.

A league statement said: "The Premier League Board accepted Burnley's application as the club does not have the required number of players available for the match (13 outfield players and one goalkeeper), due to Covid-19 cases and injuries."

It is Leicester's third Premier League match in a row that has been postponed due to Covid.

Burnley only named seven players on the bench for the FA Cup defeat to Huddersfield Town – four of which were academy players.

And Chris Wood, who started that match, has since moved to Newcastle in a £25million deal – leaving Sean Dyche short of attacking options.

The Foxes also had fixtures against Norwich and Everton postponed recently.

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Norwich asked for their match against Leicester to be called off after suffering a Covid outbreak.

And a week later Brendan Rodgers' side experienced similar trouble, while also having four players absent who were at the African Cup of Nations.

As a result, their away match against Everton was pushed back to a later date.

The Premier League earlier this week revealed a drop in the number of positive coronavirus tests among players and staff for a second successive week.

There were 72 positive cases in the latest round of testing between January 3 and 9, an improvement on the 94 recorded in the previous figures.

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