Leicester injuries, team news and contracts ahead of Millwall match

Updates from the Foxes squad
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Foxes of Leicester talk Leicester City injuries, fitness, team news and what Enzo Maresca may do ahead of Millwall match on Tuesday night. In addition to examining the squad, FoL also look at some recent news pertaining to the Foxes. This includes the Italian's plans to rotate his side again, along with a lack of contract discussions.

Following a disappointing footballing month of March for Leicester City Football Club, the Foxes have gotten back to winning ways in April. Thankfully. LCFC have also seemingly managed to regain their confidence as a leading Championship outfit, as well as gaining some much needed composure. Enzo Maresca will be delighted with consecutive 3-1 and 2-1 victories against Norwich City and Birmingham City respectively.

The Canaries win was particularly necessary and emboldening for the east Midlanders because the opposition are serious playoff contenders. That is a notoriously difficult area that Leicester must stay away from. Overall the Foxes deserve automatic promotion. Yet Leeds United and Ipswich Town would be more than happy to take the top two spots and return to the Premier League for 2024/25.

Let's take a look at the next fixture now, which just so happens to be Millwall away. Talking of infamy and tricky games or situations, The Den is as intimidating as it gets for footballers and fans alike. Believe me! Although, if the visitors can maintain their cool on Millwall's pitch and play to their own strengths and not the home team's, LCFC will almost certainly come away with a point or more.

Nevertheless, as he prepares for the matchup with the Lions, Maresca has revealed that he will rotate his men for the important clash. Despite Millwall being at risk of relegation this season, they will be no pushovers. Nonetheless, the Leicester gaffer knows that it would be unwise to use the same lineup for three fixtures over just seven days. News and opinion outlet LCFC Live suggest that James Justin, Hamza Choudhury, Conor Coady, Dennis Praet and Jamie Vardy may all be in the starting XI or heavily involved in proceedings.

On the fitness front, two players are said to be unavailable: Kasey McAteer and Harry Souttar. Tom Cannon, Ben Nelson and Callum Doyle are all apparently fit.

Contract problems

Vardy, Kelechi Iheanacho, Wilfred Ndidi, Jannik Vestergaard, Praet and Marc Albrighton's Leicester futures are unfortunately in limbo as things stand at King Power Stadium. Leicester Mercury were gladly on hand to make sense of a worrying development:

"Six City stars see their deals run out this June, with Jamie Vardy, Wilfred Ndidi, Kelechi Iheanacho, Jannik Vestergaard, Marc Albrighton, and Dennis Praet all set to become free agents as things stand. While manager Enzo Maresca previously said he had hoped to have opened talks by this stage, the embargo and financial difficulties means no progress is being made.

A registration does not necessarily rule out City offering new deals to current players. But the EFL’s rules start that new contracts “will be dependent upon the circumstances of the individual club and will be determined by the league.”

Asked if the embargo meant new deals were off the table for now, Maresca said last week: 'Completely.' That means that there are half a dozen players who do not know where their futures lie.

There is no end date set for the embargo. It is likely to come when the EFL are satisfied City have met or are trying to meet Profit and Sustainability thresholds, which will mean selling players in June."