Brendan Rodgers insists Leicester players are ‘protected’ in football’s ‘bubble’ despite spike in coronavirus cases

Brendan Rodgers insists Leicester City players are “protected” despite a spike in coronavirus cases in the city.

After 658 new cases of Covid-19 in Leicester in the first half of this month, Home Secretary Priti Patel admitted localised lockdown measures could be introduced.

While the Foxes could play their home games away from the King Power Stadium as a precaution.

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But Rodgers believes the setup at the club in the sport’s ”bubble” should appease any concerns in the squad.

“As a football club we’re very protected and we’re very much still in a bubble,” said Rodgers, who contracted coronavirus along with his wife back in March.

“The players are tested twice a week. They go back home and most of them don’t live in the central Leicester area.

“But you are always concerned nationally that the rates are down. We couldn’t be in a better place here at the club, so obviously that gives you the confidence to continue with your work.”

Rodgers was pleased with his side on the pitch despite defeat to Chelsea in the FA Cup quarter-final, with a run of just two wins in 10 games across all competitions.

“From a performance perspective, it was much more like us, we created opportunities and looked a real threat,” Rodgers added.

“You look at our record, we are one of the top scorers in the division, but it’s about getting that first goal and our intensity back. Since the restart we haven’t been as clinical. We haven’t been able to take those opportunities.

“We switched off for one second and they get their goal. I feel for the players because they deserved more.

“But it has given us a lot of encouragement to get the results in the last seven games to make it a fantastic season.”

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