Claudio Ranieri urges Premier League to let Watford play Burnley over the Winter break.

Claudio Ranieri has pleaded with the Premier League to make an exception and reschedule Watford’s planned Christmas break trip to Burnley.

This week’s game was rescheduled for the second time owing to a Covid outbreak at Burnley.

Premier League executives are battling a fixture backlog after postponing 22 matches this season, and the time between January 24 and February 2 provides an opportunity to clear some of the lingering fixtures.

FIFA will permit the Premier League to arrange games at that time, pending the release of any players called up for international duty.

‘I’m hoping that when we face Burnley, we’ll have a few more days to recover for the next match,’ Ranieri added. We have a week available and might possibly play a bit early.’

However, the Premier League is adamant about maintaining the two-week break, leaving Ranieri frustrated.

The FA Cup fourth-round weekend of February 5-6 may provide a solution, given both Watford and Burnley were eliminated in the previous round.

On Friday night, Watford will face Norwich, who are one position behind them. Norwich have been dealt a huge blow as goalkeeper Tim Krul was ruled out with a shoulder injury. He will be sent to a specialist.

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