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Rodgers keeps looking to deal with Leicester’s injury crisis

Fri 05 March 2021 | 8:03

With Harvey Barnes, James Maddison, Ayoze Perez, Dennis Praet, Jonny Evans, James Justin, and Wes Morgan, Leicester will travel to Brighton with 7 absentees.

Rodgers

told his pre-match conference on Thursday:

“hopeful that over these next few weeks that will get better”.

“We’ve just been talking about dealing with the situation.

“It’s unfortunate, the situation we’re in. But we keep looking to deal with that, put out a team and a way that can allow us to get a result. It’s certainly not dwelling on the negativity around it. I’m not one to go on about that.

“Of course we would love (to have) all these players and to have the squad fully fit, that would be great.

“But it’s not the case, so I can’t do anything more than what we are doing at the moment. The players are very strong in their spirit and we will fight in every single game to get the result.”

Although the Foxes are currently third in the Premier League table, Wednesday’s draw against

Burnley

saw them avoid a third successive defeat in all competitions.

Rodgers

said there is

“no question the lack of recovery, the lack of rest (this season) has definitely helped an injury list grow in most clubs”.

On the race for the top-four, he continued:  

“Naturally the squads with the deepest numbers of players and of course the ones that are injury-free – of course that can be a huge advantage, when there are so many games so tightly together.

“In such a unique season, that is something that of course aids the process in getting results.

“But it’s not to say you can’t, and for us there’s still such a long way to go, 11 games is a lot of games to play.

“You can only focus on the next one, and as I’ve always said, it’s not about being in the top four or the top six now, it’s where you’re at once the whistle goes on the 38th game, when it ends. That’s when you know where you are.

“Of course, we hope in the next few weeks we can get some of our players back but, if not, we deal with it and we look to get a performance and a result.”

Maddison

has missed the last three games, and

Rodgers

said:

“He’s still continuing with the medical team. There’s no timeline on it, we’re just hoping that gradually he’ll feel better.

“He’s had the reassurance of a few scans to know he doesn’t need any operation. It’s just a little bit irritable around where he’s had the previous operation. But we’re hopeful that over these next few weeks that that will get better.”

 


source: SportMob