'I had no strength' - Brendan Rodgers reveals he had coronavirus

Ross Houston
June 2, 2020

Leicester City head coach, Brendan Rodgers, has revealed he had the novel COVID-19 after the Premier League was suspended in March.

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta was one of the first people in English football to contract the virus along with Chelsea's Callum Hudson-Odoi. "A week after that, my wife had it".

"We had a week off when we were supposed to play Watford (on March 14) and then the week after that, I started to struggle".

"The strangest thing was the smell and the taste", he continued.

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0:45 Leicester forward Ayoze Perez says he cannot wait for football to return and added his teammates are'missing each othe

"You're eating your dinner and you could not smell or taste anything".

"Walking 10 yards felt very different".

"I could hardly walk, and It reminded me of climbing mountain Kilimanjaro, as you climb higher you get more breathless". I went for a run and I just couldn't do it.

"I felt at the time I left Celtic, the team was eight points clear".

Brendan added: "Then you lose your strength". I got tested and we both had it. "It detected that we had the antibodies".

Former Liverpool boss Rodgers infuriated Hoops fans when he left the Scottish champions to take charge at the Foxes in February 2019. When you get to a certain point at altitude you walk and really suffer.

Leicester are now back in contact training with their first Premier League game back expected to be played on the weekend of June 19-21. He says he is satisfied that sufficient safety measures have been put in place to allow the Premier League to plan for a return.

"They may not be with us in the stadium but there'll be millions of people watching, thousands of Leicester City supporters around the world watching, so we have a duty for them to do the best we can, whether the stadium is full or whether it was empty, and that will be our focus". We've had great dialogue along the way from when we stopped and went into lockdown. There's been a lot of communication right the way through the club, so the players have been briefed all the way along. "If they had any fears, worries or concerns, it was an open-door policy for them".

It was also gathered that Premier League chiefs are working on an idea in which the season will ends latest August 2.

'It takes away that home advantage for sure. "But all the players have felt the support of the club and seen the work that has gone in and have really enjoyed being back into some sort of routine again". Feel free. If you're not happy or you have a fear for yourself or your family, there is no pressure on you.

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