We have nine outfield players available - Rafael Benitez

Thu 23 December 2021 | 16:10

Rafa Benitez is frustrated by the Premier League’s rejection of Everton’s request to postpone their match against Burnley.

The new surge of coronavirus has hit several clubs and a number of Premier League matches were called off due to the outbreak of COVID-19 in the squads.

Despite several matches being postponed due to the outbreak of COVID-19,


’s request to postpone their Sunday match against


was rejected by the Premier League.

Frustrated by the Premier League’s rejection, Everton boss Rafael Benitez said:

"I'm really surprised that the game is going on because of all the cases we have and the injuries.

"We have followed all of the rules, we do the lateral flows, PCRs, have the masks, three dressing rooms to spread the players. But we cannot control when we have to play matches and a player is positive but does not have any symptoms and can pass it to the others.

"That is what happened the other day against Chelsea. We had to play some young players and after the game we found that we had five positives. With the injuries and the positives we had, we thought that the game would be postponed.

"The rules are 13 players plus one goalkeeper. We have nine outfield players available plus three goalkeepers and after that we have five young players, but they say they have enough experience to play in the Premier League."

He added:

"The reality is some of these players, like Dominic, have been out for months, so we have players who have knocks, we have to push them, play players who are not fit.

"Who will take responsibility if something happens? We are exposing them. My main job now is to find 11 players and play in the right positions to be competitive.

"I think they are considering just the numbers. But who is taking responsibility if something is wrong with injured players? We have six injuries, five players with COVID."


source: SportMob

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