Leicester receive Maddison injury blow and a fitness boost

James Maddison of Leicester City (Photo by James Williamson - AMA/Getty Images)
James Maddison of Leicester City (Photo by James Williamson - AMA/Getty Images) /
Leicester City
James Maddison of Leicester City (Photo by James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images) /

Leicester City have received an injury blow as playmaker and star player James Maddison isn’t fully fit. There had also been a potential fitness boost for the Foxes as forgotten man Ryan Bertrand is finally classified fit to train. Meanwhile, club captain Jonny Evans remains unavailable for selection by Foxes manager Brendan Rodgers.

Rodgers’ Thursday press conference gave us some topics to discuss ahead of Arsenal, so let’s get right to it. First of all, Maddison: he’ll be assessed after Friday’s training session so is a doubt.

Meanwhile, Bertrand is almost ready; Rodgers says he’s getting a lot of the injured personnel back. Bertrand might not feature against the Gunners but he is practicing with his teammates. Evans could be back at Seagrave with the group next week.

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Would Bertrand’s premature comeback aid the east Midlands side at all versus Mikel Arteta’s men? Probably not, to be perfectly frank. I think the fact that the former Southampton man was signed for free is essentially the only reason he’s not known as the worst ever Foxes signing.

The whole Bertrand transfer was a disaster, aside from his personal bank balance growing. Fair play to the defender if he can make it back into the starting lineup. Though I can’t see that happening with Victor Kristiansen around; the Dane is seemingly going to blossom into an elite fullback. Maybe the former can be a decent backup when called for.

Can Leicester cope without Evans? Well, they haven’t really. I like the idea of Wout Faes and Harry Souttar as a partnership. Yet the reintroduction of the Northern Ireland international or a similar centreback seems necessary on Filbert Way. Although the ex-Manchester United man won’t help with the lack of pace, he would enhance decision-making.

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With respect to Rodgers’ potential XI, I imagine Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall shall be fielded slightly higher up the pitch. While you can bet that Youri Tielemans will be reinstated into the team. I would actually use Tielemans in the No.10 role, with Dewsbury-Hall as a midfield general: the Belgian’s shooting is mouthwatering on his day. Hopefully Maddison is fit because these deliberations won’t matter.