Maddison injury update ahead of Liverpool vs Leicester

James Maddison of England and Leicester City (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
James Maddison of England and Leicester City (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) /
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James Maddison of England and Leicester City (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) /

Foxes of Leicester take a look at what Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers said about James Maddison’s injury status ahead of the Foxes’ trip to Liverpool.

If you were as unfortunate as I on Boxing Day to be watching your beloved Leicester’s miserable performance against Newcastle, then I won’t need to explain just how bad the day was for LCFC. And that assessment especially applies to the first half, the start of the initial 45 was the most excruciating with Newcastle not needing to break sweat whilst sailing to a 2-0 lead.

Would James Maddison have made a difference to proceedings? Possibly, in the end his presence may have spurred or spearheaded a slight comeback, or he may have netted his own consolation goal or two. Although, the Geordies were deserved winners and I can’t think of much that would’ve truly changed the outcome. Maybe the January transfer window will boost the east Midlanders’ squad.

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With respect to Maddison, it is unknown when he’ll return at present. Below is a quote from Rodgers on the matter, with the playmaker a ‘major doubt’ for the Magpies fixture:

"“Sadly, he’s not near to playing,” Rodgers said after the 3-0 loss to Newcastle. “He was out this morning [Boxing Day] on the grass but he’s still feeling pain in his knee. I’ll speak to the medical team in the morning [Tuesday] and see what the timeline might be on it.”"

Brendan Rodgers reflects on Leicester City’s awful performance in Newcastle United defeat

If you regularly read my thoughts on all things LCFC, you’ll know that Rodgers’ style and ideas often clash with my own. That being said, I do think the the former Swansea City, Liverpool and Celtic gaffer was fairly honest – for once – with his assessment of the Magpies contest collapse.

First of all, the Northern Irishman declared that his men “lacked intensity” during the dismal display against Eddie Howe’s eye-catching yet not flahsy team. Rodgers was disappointed with the quality the Foxes exhibited as well; he cited being behind to a confident side left his outfit with a lot to do in difficult circumstances.

I’m unsure that I agree with this, but Rodgers says LCFC showed spirit and kept going. If they did, it was way off the standard required to test such a currently in-form club. To be fair, he said the level reached wasn’t high enough.

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Furthermore, the 49-year-old believes an aggressive “attitude” is necessary in the EPL after 300 matches in charge in the division. Words he states like “committed”, “organised”, “passion”, “courage and “commitment” are all accurate and were all absent on Monday, sadly.