Leicester trio James Maddison, Ayoze Perez and Hamza Choudhury will all resume training on Wednesday, but their teammates are said to be furious with them for breaking Covid-19 rules earlier this month.
The trio were all left out of Sunday’s loss to West Ham, with Brendan Rodgers furious after attending a party at the Spain forward’s home following the loss to Manchester City earlier this month.
Rodgers accused his players of disrespecting British citizens during a nationwide lockdown and effectively banned them from training last week after learning of the violation.
Hamza Choudhury (left), James Maddison and Ayoze Perez (third left and second right) will all return to Leicester training on Wednesday after breaking Covid rules.
Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers left the trio ashamed of Premier League clash at West Ham
Maddison (pictured) and his teammates are said to have “hid in the dark” after being caught at a mocking party by their manager
But the former Liverpool boss has chosen not to fine them and they are available for selection in the FA Cup semi-final on Sunday against Southampton.
According to The Telegraph, the trio will be allowed to resume first team training on Wednesday as Leicester prepare to travel to Wembley this weekend.
However, it is claimed that some Leicester players were ‘bubbling’ with their teammates and could be given a frosty reception in training.
The side were reportedly most frustrated with the timing of the incident as Leicester tried to return to the Champions League barely 12 months after losing a position in the Premier League top four.
Sports messaging understands that all three players were tested very soon after the breach was discovered and were allowed to return to the training ground when they returned negative results, but did not return to training.
Rumors surfaced on social media over the weekend that several Leicester players broke coronavirus rules in the UK by attending an indoor party.
Reports in The Sun claimed the players were “hiding in the dark” after being caught at a Rodgers flouting party.
Rodgers discovered they were flouting the rules of Covid-19 by attending a party at Perez’s £ 1.3million house with around 18 other guests.
The manager reportedly urged them to leave the party – but the players decided to tell the revelers to ‘hide’ before turning off the lights to make it look like no one was home.
Perez (left) had organized the party at the house – and after police attended, half of the guests decided to take taxis to Choudhury’s (right) home in Nottingham.
Police had arrived at Perez’s home in Leicester around 12:20 a.m. last Sunday, but took no action after the property was found in darkness.
But afterwards, half of the guests decided to take taxis to Choudhury’s home in Nottingham, 30 miles away, at 1 a.m. to continue their flirtatious party.
After the defeat at West Ham which opened the Champions League race, Rodgers said: “From a personal point of view I was bitterly disappointed.
“It’s something bigger than football. You must respect what the nation is going through and we must respect our values within our club.
“It would have been easy to have them here [for the game] but that is not what we are.
Rodgers discovered that Maddison, Perez and Choudhury were all flouting Covid-19 lockdown rules by attending a party at the Spaniard’s £ 1.3million house with around 18 guests.
My goal coming to Leicester was to create a standard on and off the pitch which is way below what we would expect, especially at a time of the season when we are difficult.
“The timing is not ideal but that’s how strong I felt. I decided not to [fine them]. The penalty was missing the game.
“They knew what the consequence was and now we draw a line. They are joining the team and we are getting ready for next weekend.
A statement from Leicester read: “The club have made it clear their expectations of adhering to the Covid-19 protocols for all of their staff.
“It is therefore extremely disappointing to learn of a loophole that could undermine the efforts of club staff to protect the environments in which our teams train and play. “