Leicester City may ask the Premier League to postpone their match against Everton with only nine first team players currently available.
The Foxes were able to compete in their FA Cup win over Watford but had to field a host of youngsters from their academy and are currently short of the required number of players to play in the league against the Toffees.
Kasey Mcateer (centre) was one of the many academy players that were drafted in by Brendan RodgersGetty
Against the Hornets, the FA Cup holders had eight outfield first team players in the starting eleven with club captain Kasper Schmeichel as the only recognised senior figure on the substitutes bench.
By Premier League rules, in order for a match to be postponed, a club must have fewer than 13 outfield players from the senior squad.
The reason why their FA Cup match was able to go ahead was because of the competition’s rules to field a starting eleven no matter how many youngsters so that the game does go ahead.
There are complications though because the youngsters who started at the King Power Stadium which include Lewis Brunt, Wanya Madivadua, and Will Alves, are considered to be eligible first-team players.
Choudhury who normally plays in defensive midfield had to start at centre-back against WatfordGetty
With that said, with the issue of eligibility of young players a contentious one, the Premier League have notified clubs that players involved in the FA Cup would be exempt in being counted as a first-team player.
Leicester were recently forced to call off their match against Norwich City.
Whilst most matches have been called off due to covid cases, this isn’t the situation for the Foxes who have a raft of injuries with some players out with illness and others at the Africa Cup of Nations.
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