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Brendan Rodgers provides Leicester injury update ahead of Manchester City clash


Leicester play host to champions Manchester City this weekend (Picture: Getty)

Brendan Rodgers has revealed James Justin and Wesley Fofana are the only players unavailable to Leicester ahead of the the side’s match against Manchester City, with Jonny Evans and Jannik Vestergaard ‘progressing very, very well’.

Ninth-placed Leicester can leapfrog the Premier League champions with victory this weekend and the Foxes will no doubt take encouragement from their thrilling 5-2 win at the Etihad at the start of last season.

There have been questions marks over the fitness of several Leicester players in the lead-up to Saturday’s enticing meeting at the King Power Stadium, with centre-backs Evans and Vestergaard struggling with ankle and knee problems respectively.

Ryan Bertrand, meanwhile, has been working his way back to full strength after recovering from Covid-19 and Ricardo Pereira looks to be on the verge of returning from a thigh issue.

Speaking to the media on Thursday, Leicester head coach Rodgers confirmed that the quartet were all in contention to feature versus Pep Guardiola’s men. Defenders Justin and Fofana remain sidelined with long-term injuries.

‘We have most of our players back available now,’ Rodgers explained.

‘Obviously, some are still short on fitness but the likes of JJ (Justin) and Wesley Fofana are the only two that are out at the moment in terms of fitness-wise.

‘Ryan Bertrand will be back and available and Jonny Evans and Jannik Vestergaard are progressing very, very well so we’ve had a good international break in terms of getting players increasing their fitness levels.

‘So hopefully all those players should be fit and available.’

Summer arrival Vestergaard has been out with a knee injury (Picture: Getty)

Asked specifically for an update on the condition of Evans and Vestergaard, the Northern Irishman replied: ‘That’s what we have to assess in this last 24 hours.

‘We had a training game last week that both of them played in. They came through that. They’re not going to be 100 per cent.

‘We only have three substitutes so we need to be sure they’re going to last.

‘They will be training more over the next couple of weeks.’

Rodgers believes Leicester are up against the best manager in the world (Picture: Getty)

Rodgers knows Leicester will have to be at their very best to come away from Saturday’s encounter with all three points.

‘They’re an incredible team of players and I’ve always said that they have the world’s best manager so it’s always a huge challenge when you play against Manchester City and this will be no different,’ he added.

‘They play the best positioning game in the world, the level of technique, the intensity and the hunger which they play and that’s why they’ve been so successful with Pep over these last number of years.

‘You know you have to have to be fully concentrated, you need to try and stay in the game. And then when you have the ball, you know you’re going to be restricted in terms of your percentage of possession with the ball, no matter how good you are on the ball.

‘But when you have the ball, it’s having that confidence to play and exploit any spaces that are there.

‘It’s a team you have to have full concentration against, quality all over the field in their build-up play, how they prepare their play through the midfield and then real special talents up the top of the field who can make the difference.

‘Like playing against any top opponent, you need to defend well, you need to play well when you have the ball, you need a little bit of luck and you need to take your opportunities.

‘All of that combined you hope can fall for you on the day.’


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