Brendan Rodgers on Leicester’s missing players and Dennis Praet’s injury

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Dennis Praet of Leicester City (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Leicester City brushed aside Championship outfit Stoke City to progress to the FA Cup Fourth Round. Afterwards, Brendan Rodgers spoke about Dennis Praet’s injury.

Brendan Rodgers selected a particularly strong starting eleven for Leicester City’s Third Round FA Cup match against Stoke City at Bet365 Stadium. Much more experienced and, yeah, better than usual in the initial stages of the tournament.

The boss did this for a few different reasons: firstly, the Northern Irishman claimed that the east Midlands side are taking the cup more seriously this season. Which will be music to the ears of elder Foxes – such as myself – who still regard the FA Cup as a rather magical occasion. OK, enough sentimentality – but we do honestly want to win something, anything, and qualify for Europe consecutively, too.

And Rodgers’ choice of personnel, system, along with formation was spot on, on this occasion. Unfortunately, despite James Justin, Marc Albrighton, Ayoze Perez and Harvey Barnes goals giving Leicester the victory, there is now an injury worry for an important player.

As you can see for yourselves from BBC Sport’s above tweet, midfielder Dennis Praet sustained a hamstring issue and Rodgers discussed the problem post game, as we await for it to be assessed:

“We wanted to get Dennis 90 minutes today but it looks like a hamstring which is a shame for him.”

– Brendan Rodgers

The next set of the most prestigious English cup games are set to begin on Saturday, January 23, 2021. It would be for the Foxes squad to have a home game at King Power Stadium versus a lesser, fortunate opponent. However, with the form the Foxes currently exhibit, even a trip to the Anfield or Etihad grounds to meet Liverpool or Manchester City might not even be a problem for Leicester City at present.