Burnley's Premier League game against Leicester on Saturday has been suspended due to the Clarets' inability to field an adequate number of players.
🚨 We can confirm that our Premier League fixture at home to Leicester City on Saturday 15th January has been postponed.— Burnley FC (@BurnleyOfficial) January 14, 2022
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Burnley had already been without several players due to Covid-19, injuries, and Maxwel Cornet's absence at the Africa Cup of Nations prior to Chris Wood's forced sale to relegation rivals Newcastle this week.
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."
This is the fourth time this season that a Burnley match has been suspended due to Covid-19, but the first time the Turf Moor club has made the request.
Burnley had three consecutive matches postponed last month - against Watford, Aston Villa, and Everton - due to Covid-19 cases in opponents camps, while November's match against Tottenham was called off due to heavy snow.
Sean Dyche's men now have a number of games in hand on the clubs below them in the table. Dyche's side have played 17 league games this season, the fewest of any top-flight side, and now face rescheduling four matches.