What’s going on at Leicester City as 9 senior players injured

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Rodgers’ reasoning doesn’t exactly stand up, however. Sure, a squad will be tested when you have nine absentees, but Leicester’s squad wasn’t small to begin with. In fact, the squad was so bloated that the Foxes were in a position where they had to sell players in order to sign anyone, resulting in the departures of both Kasper Schmeichel and Wesley Fofana.

Rodgers’ real issue isn’t a small squad, instead it’s the lack of quality within it. Just looking at the options he had on the bench against Fulham, you can tell that the quality of player just isn’t there.

Of the current Premier League squad, seven of those have now entered the last year of their contracts and will depart the club for free in June. Other than Youri Tielemans and Jonny Evans, those players are ones that Rodgers will quite happily see the back of.

Furthermore, numerous players are out of form when it comes to a starting XI. Bertrand, Caglar Soyuncu, Jannik Vestergaard, Daniel Amartey, Luke Thomas, Marc Albrighton, Praet, Papy Mendy, Ayoze Perez, and Kelechi Iheanacho are all out of favour – those who have been starting are only doing so because of injuries to others.

The squad is rotten, and players who spark life and leadership within the team are stuck on the treatment table whilst Rodgers gees up the castaways to do a job for the manager that doesn’t back them.

This, combined with one of the tightest and most gruelling schedules the Premier League has ever seen, has meant that we are noticing the injured players more, because their replacements aren’t good enough. But the relenting demands of the season mean there’s no respite.

So how do Leicester fix this? Currently Rodgers’ men find themselves in three separate competitions. The size of the squad means that, truthfully, they’ll only be able to focus on two if they are to have any success. Premier League survival is the priority this season, anything else is a bonus. Now, Rodgers must decide which he feels is more valuable, the FA Cup, or the Carabao Cup.

Secondly, is for good transfer business both in the summer but also this month. The club is said to be looking for a new left-back, a central defender and a right winger. If deals can be done in time, and if money is spare, they may also look at a central midfielder.

As the season ploughs on, it’s essential that Rodgers and his staff get January right. With three losses out of three so far, the club must change their fortunes around, with  good business being essential. If they can buy additional quality bodies, it’ll be a positive first step, but they must also shift their deadwood.

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If Leicester are to survive the season, Rodgers needs to get the best out of everyone. A Cup may be nice, but such ambitions will have to wait until the squad is healthy enough to compete. One thing is for sure, if any more injuries are picked up, Rodgers must look at the staff around him. Perhaps his internal revamp isn’t over just yet.