Just like how milk goes with cereal, injuries go quite well with Leicester City. January transfer signee Harry Souttar has been sent home early from his Australian national duties due to an ankle injury. Souttar was supposed to start for Australia this Tuesday against Ecuador. However, he has been sent home early.
Souttar earned a lot of praise for Australia’s 3-1 victory over Ecuador last week. Besides his brilliant defensive work, he showed true leadership skills in this game. He would not let his teammates get into altercations and would instead go nose-to-nose with the player his teammate was beefing with. Unfortunately for Souttar, his ankle injury would come toward the end of the game.
Ever since he signed on the last day of the transfer window, Souttar has started every game. He has been pivotal to the defensive backline, whether it was with Wout Faes or Daniel Amartey. With the massive relegation battle against Crystal Palace coming up, not having Souttar will leave us with a massive hole in the backline; or will it?
Leicester City hit with injury issue but may have ready tailor-made solution
Jonny Evans may be able to make his return for the foxes against Crystal Palace. Although still doubtful, the return of the former captain would be perfect timing for such a potentially important game. The last time we saw the 35-year-old play was a 3-0 victory over Newport County in the EFL Cup. That game took place on November 8th. Now after being out for nearly four months, Evans could be back.
Just to reiterate, Evans is still in doubt. However, he has made a lot of progress toward returning to the pitch. If Evans and Souttar we both not able to compete, expect a bag line of Faes and Amartey. Maybe we’ll get lucky and Brendan Rodgers will bless us with the presence of Çağlar Söyüncü. Sadly that is less likely than Evans and Souttar playing. All three of Faes, Amartey, and Söyüncü have been fantastic during the international break. Hopefully, they can return to the East Midland team with the form they’re currently on.
Leicester City returns to action on April 1st against Crystal Palace. Has stated earlier, this is a massive game in the relegation battle. The foxes currently sit 17th in the Premier League with just one point more than West Ham, who sits 18th.
Palace currently sits 12th in the league with 27 points; just two more than Leicester. The relegation battle is one of the tightest we’ve seen in Premier League history. It will be important to beat this side who will be playing their first game under Roy Hodgson.