Marc Albrighton state the Leicester City players are “absolutely drained” both mentally and emotionally after a rough few weeks at the club.
Former holder Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha was one of five people murdered in a helicopter crash on October 27 and the Foxes played their first home game since his death on Saturday – a 0-0 Premier League draw with Burnley – when honours were paid to the late Thailand businessman.
Chief executive Susan Whelan has agreed the entire squad, as well as everyone else working at the club – thought to be around 250 members of staff – Monday off work after an penetrating emotional period which saw most of the squad fly to Thailand and back for the funeral.
Leicester winger “Albrighton”, who has remained with the club for over four years, said on Saturday: “The last two weeks have been a bit of a blur and we’ve not really had time to reflect on everything that’s happened.
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“It’s a good time to have a break and refocus. We’re absolutely drained, mentally and emotionally. It’s important that we get back to our families.”
Leicester have proclaimed there will be a statue built outside the King Power Stadium to honour the club’s late owner.
Before Saturday’s game, thousands of Leicester fans walked from Jubilee Square to the stadium in honour to Srivaddhanaprabha.
His son Aiyawatt has sworn to carry on his father’s legacy at the club but Albrighton says the squad are not yet certain what will happen in the future.
“He [Aiyawatt] is staying strong, staying positive, but he won’t tell us anything that’s going to happen moving forward.
“Everyone needs to realise he’s a normal person with family and friends and he needs to spend time