How Leicester City will cope with latest defender injury crisis

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Leicester City’s Northern Irish manager Brendan Rodgers (Photo by MICHAEL REGAN/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

After a fresh defensive injury, Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester City have some tough choices on how to get through this crisis. Here are the options.

David Ornstein reports that Jannik Vestergaard has picked up a knock in training for the match. This means the King Power side will be without several important defenders.

James Justin, Ryan Bertrand, Vestergaard, Jonny Evans, and Wesley Fofana are all out, while Timothy Castagne has only just returned.

With so many senior team and first team centre-backs and left-backs out, we know that Luke Thomas and Caglar Soyuncu are 100% starting: there is no one else to play. However, there are several options for Leicester City that will plaster over the injury crisis.

Leicester City: Use the right-backs

Brendan Rodgers’ first option would be to make use of either Daniel Amartey or the returning Castagne to fit in alongside Soyuncu.

Both have been used at CB last season, though both were preferred to play as part of a back three rather than as the primary partner of another CB.

Amartey is not a terrible defender, but his positional awareness lets him down a lot. We saw during the Wolverhampton Wanderers match that he can get bullied and caught out if he is not focused.

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