Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers has become the second premier manager to reveal that he had contracted coronavirus after Arsenal’s Mikel Arteta.
The Northern Irish boss said the experience with the disease was akin to climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. The manager said he suffered breathlessness before he recovered from the virus.
“I could hardly walk and it reminded me of walking up Mount Kilimanjaro, as you climb higher you get more breathless,’ Rodgers told BBC Radio Leicester.
“We had a week off when we were supposed to play Watford on 14th March and then the week after that, I started to struggle. For three weeks I had no smell or state. I had no strength, and a week after, my wife was the same. We were tested and both of us were detected with the virus,” Rodgers said.
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Back in 2011, The 47-year-old manager climbed Kilimanjaro in aid of charity weeks after he won Championship play-off final with Swansea. At the time, Rodgers was part of the 17-strong team representing the Football League.
Leicester has returned to their training ground as they wait for league resumption that scheduled for the 7th of June. Rodgers has hailed the progress and has described it has a brilliant move for players to train together.
“It was good to have that contact again and to be near them. The last couple of days have split into groups of 12, which is not normal, but how they have adapted has been really nice. The rhythm of it has changed but I’m really pleased with them physically and it’s like they never away,” said Rodgers.