Brendan Rodgers Reveals He ‘Really Struggled’ After Contracting Coronavirus in March

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Leicester City v Birmingham City – FA Cup Fifth Round | James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images

With Project Restart firmly underway and the Premier League set for its return on 17 June, eyes have shifted to the current rounds of COVID-19 testing going on at every club.

Whilst so far the results have been encouraging, with a very small percentage coming back positive, Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers has revealed that he has already suffered – and recovered – from the coronavirus.

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All good now – Brendan Rodgers has made a full recovery from the coronavirus | Michael Regan/Getty Images

Speaking toBBC Radio Leicester, Rodgers spoke about how he contracted the virus very shortly after the season had been suspended, revealing his experience of the illness.

Rodgers said: “Me and my wife had it just after the season broke up. A week later I really started to struggle, I had no smell and no taste. I had no strength, and I really struggled, and my wife was the same as well. I got tested and we both had it. I could hardly walk.”

“It reminded me of climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro, as you climb higher you get more breathless. Walking 10 yards felt very different. I went for a run, and I just couldn’t do it. I felt really weak, had no real appetite, and had a weird sensation for three weeks of having no taste.”

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Jamie Vardy’s goalscoring exploits have put Leicester back in the European spotlight | Marc Atkins/Getty Images

Rodgers is back to full health now, and looking forward to getting Leicester’s season back up and running away to 17th-placed Watford on 20 June. The Foxes are having their best season since their historic Premier League title win in 2015/16, in no small part down to the excellent management of the Northern Irishman.

They currently sit in third place with nine games to play, eight points ahead of fifth-placed Manchester United. If they can continue their fine form from before the break, Rodgers will return Champions League football to the King Power Stadium.

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