A fresh injury blow for Leicester as Maresca plans rotational overhaul

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Currently out of form Championship leaders Leicester City have suffered a fresh injury blow. The injured player joins midfielder Wilfred Ndidi on the sideline. In addition to speaking on that matter, Foxes of Leicester talk about manager Enzo Maresca’s plans for an almost complete rotational overhaul of his starting XI ahead the FA Cup Fifth Round clash against Premier League outfit Bournemouth. The game will take place on Tuesday evening.

Unfortunately Jamie Vardy and Ndidi will not play at Vitality Stadium in the famous competition. The Englishman will apparently be out for between seven to fourteen days; the Nigerian's timeline of recovery is unclear at this stage.

Elsewhere, there is a new issue for Foxes fitness staff to deal with. Winger Kasey McAteer now has a problem, according to the Leicester boss. McAteer is a doubt for Tuesday right now. With widemen more plentiful on Filbert Way at the moment, this development is not as serious as it might have been.

Leicester City travel from the east Midlands to Dorset to play Bournemouth in the cup

A very tricky midweek match will further define a small but recent LCFC slump. To be fair, the Foxes have done so well this season that they actually could afford to lose consecutive games. Albeit one of those fixtures, the Leeds contest, was pretty important. If you ask me, Leicester will still reascend to the English top-flight once more in time for 2024/25, likely as division two champions.

In spite of losing in successive league outings, Maresca won't change his ways regarding style and ideals. In fact, he trusts his squad so much - or knows that the starting lineup desperately require a rest - that he will change nine, 10 or even all 11 of them for the Cherries meeting. A quote from the former Manchester City coach is below:

"We are going to make nine, 10, 11 changes. We have more players who deserve their chance. We don’t need to prove anything in terms of we lost the other day. We just need to make our best. We go strong. We make 11 changes and go strong."

Enzo Maresca