Leicester starter is a big doubt for restart – does it matter?

A flare,Leicester City (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)
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Sadly for the Foxes a Leicester City starter is a big doubt for the season restart due to injury. But is losing Ayoze Perez a major issue?

Leicester City will travel to Watford on Saturday, June 20 for the restarted 2019/20 Premier League season. Nigel Pearson – who was twice Foxes boss – is fighting relegation with his current team. With the Hornets occupying 17th – one place outside of the relegation zone.

Brendan Rodgers and his side will still be confident of a win, despite a naturally desperate fight for survival surely incoming from Watford. Leicester had been wonderful this campaign before the severe interruption, but will require their strength-in-depth due to a couple of injuries concerning two right-sided starters.

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Being deprived of Ricardo Pereira is a huge loss for Leicester City. The Portuguese had a fairly major injury setback – actually sustained in the final match before the premiership’s hiatus – versus Aston Villa in a challenge with Jack Grealish. The former’s prowess, determination and ability is second to none in the City squad.

Irreplaceable, is a word which comes to mind while without Ricardo. However, with every rain cloud comes silver lining: ex-Luton Town defender James Justin is highly-rated at King Power Stadium – and will now receive his long awaited opportunity to deputize for the Portugal international.

Another issue for the East Midlanders concerns Ayoze Perez, who is currently absent from training and did not compete in the intra-roster 11 against 11 practice game. He is a big doubt for the Watford clash, according to Mirror. Perez has had a slightly underrated campaign: playing out-of-position yet still supplying assistance and support to those running the Foxes show.

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Although, if the Spaniard’s “muscle strain” means he cannot play in the initial contest of the resumed fixture list, the Blue Army need not worry. Title-winning winger Marc Albrighton will step into the vacant position. If fortune shines on Leicester and the Birmingham-born winger, then Albrighton will carry the form of three assists in his previous two successive outings into this.