Leicester City are back in European action this week as they look to take a step closer to the next round of the competition.
© Alex Livesey/Getty Images Brendan Rogers gives instructions to James Maddison of Leicester City before sending him on at Burnley
Brendan Rodgers‘ side should go into the game full of confidence after picking up their second win and clean sheet in a row on Saturday as they came out 1-0 winners against Leeds United.
City have also been given an extra boost with the return of Jamie Vardy, who played 60 minutes of the weekend’s game.
Here is the latest on the injury front at the King Power Stadium…
The midfielder was left out of the weekend’s win over Leeds after undergoing an assessment on a back problem he’d been struggling within the week.
Possible return date: vs Rennes (H), March 10
What Rodgers has said: “Hopefully he’ll be ok for Thursday,” he said after the Leeds game.
“He just felt his lower back, the top of his hamstring and the medics said it was probably just too big of a risk for today.
“So hopefully, him and Ricardo should be available for Thursday.”
He was withdrawn at half-time in this week’s win over Burnley having felt a tightness in his hamstring. He was left out of the Premier League game vs Leeds at the weekend.
Possible return date: vs Rennes (H), March 10.
Rodgers has confirmed that the full-back should be available for the Europa Conference League clash against Rennes on Thursday.
The full-back was forced off in the first half of the 2-2 draw against West Ham due to a hamstring problem.
Possible return date: vs. Rennes (H), March 10
What Rodgers said: Ahead of the game with Burnley, Rodgers said Justin was “a week away”, suggesting he may be back in time to play in the first leg of the Europa Conference League clash with Rennes.
Any other info: The full-back was pictured taking part in training in the lead up to the game against Leeds.
Injury: Broken leg and ankle ligament damage
Fofana suffered the serious injury during the pre-season friendly fixture against Villarreal and is in the final stage of his rehabilitation. He is now back in full training with his team-mates, with a suggestion that a first team return could be imminent.
Possible return date: This month (March).
What Rodgers said on Monday: “We’re trying to schedule in the time we can put him in the team, but it’s difficult when you don’t have so many Under-23s games. He’s only been training a week or so and he’s looked fantastic.
“It’s just over these next few weeks trying to schedule him into some game-time. But the great news is he’s looking good in training, so hopefully it’s just a matter of time for him.”
Evans pulled up with a hamstring injury in the fourth minute of City’s 4-0 win at home to Newcastle and was substituted off immediately.
Possible return date: April
What Rodgers said last week: “Jonny is still a number of weeks (away).”
Castagne had a bleeding on his thigh that required immediate surgery, and that has kept him out since January. At the same time, he had a corrective operation on his shoulder, which has popped out numerous times during his City career.
Potential return: Late March
What Rodgers said on Monday: “He’s probably another three weeks or so. He had the operation on his leg but at the same time he had his shoulder done as well because that has been an issue for him. Both of those recovery times were aligned.
“He’s back out on the field, he’s doing his physical work, but we’re looking at the next three weeks or so.”
Possible return date: Pre-season
Bertrand pulled out of the squad after hurting his knee in the warm-up during the Boxing Day clash vs Man City.
What Rodgers has said: “Ryan’s had an operation and that’s going to keep him out for a large part of the season so it was only natural that he would come out of that (the Europa Conference League squad).
“I spoke to Ryan, his operation has gone well. He’s had a real challenging season himself. He hasn’t quite been to the level he would have liked for a number of reasons. This has probably topped it off for him.
“He’s got to go away now and he’ll recover, get himself stronger. He’ll be in when the others are off at the end of the season getting himself ready and then we’ll see what he’s like come pre-season.”