Leicester City have received a significant injury boost as a star defender is available once again. Though James Justin will not be rushed into starting.
Oh how the Foxes team has missed Justin’s rapid prowess up and down the right or left flank. Along with his incredibly committed and intelligent defending. Surely the versatile defender was near to the top of every Blue Army member’s favourite player list prior to his untimely and terrible injury?!
These past 11 months must have been hell for the former Luton Town man, as he battled an ACL issue in order to revive and continue his flourishing career. England manager Gareth Southgate also admitted Justin was in his Euro2020 plans before sustaining the problem. That is high praise.
Thankfully Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers confirmed during Thursday’s pre-Burnley press conference that the fullback is now ready for first team selection:
“He [Justin] should be available for the squad. We’ll get a final look at him tomorrow. To have him back is such a huge plus for us. He’s been a big miss for us in so many ways. It’s going to take time having been out for so long, but over the course of the second half of the season, I’m sure he’ll get back to his level.”
Another reason for Leicester City fans to be optimistic before playing Burnley
Readers are most likely aware that the Foxes’ Premier League rivals Newcastle United are now said to be the world’s richest club. Their ownership, Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund, is the affluent nation’s sovereign wealth fund. This means the Magpies can compete with any side on the planet when it comes to transfers. To be more exact: they will now set the staggering pace of inter-side dealings.
Basically, Newcastle have just bought Burnley’s best striker, Chris Wood – formerly of LCFC, as so many excellent goalscorers past and present are – which means the east Midlands outfit won’t have to contend with the New Zealander on Saturday.
But beware, Sean Dyche’s men always pose a threat, especially on set-pieces. And that is an area Rodgers’ men are floundering in this season; although the long overdue scrapping of the pitiful zonal marking system will assist in attaining clean sheets.