Team News: Latest injury update on Leicester City as Tottenham Hotspur prepare for Premier League clash
Brendan Rodgers gave the latest injury update on several Leicester City players ahead of their match against Tottenham Hotspur on Thursday in the Premier League, which could see Jonny Evans miss the much-awaited tie. He spoke following their win against Newcastle United yesterday by a 4-0 scoreline.
All was not well for the hosts as Jonny Evans had picked up an injury just five minutes into the game. He was chasing a long ball when he clutched the back of his thigh and was substituted with Boubakary Soumare.
Speaking in the post-match presser (h/t LeicestershireLive), Rodgers had revealed an early diagnosis and stated that it could be a hamstring injury. He added that the centre-back could be out for quite some time.
“[It’s] not good. We think it’s his hamstring but we’ll get more on that tomorrow. It’s such a shame because he’s such a fantastic player. It looks like he might be out for a period of time, but we’ll get that scanned tomorrow.”
There was another update regarding Jamie Vardy, which could be a big boost for them. Daniel Amartey should also be back in contention to be involved against Spurs. When asked about Vardy, the Leicester coach spoke (h/t LeicestershireLive):
“He’ll be fit and ready and fresh for Thursday.”
There were doubts whether the league fixture on Thursday could happen as scheduled or not. However, as of now, the game is in line to be played, which is something the Foxes manager also believes will happen.
Both clubs were subjected to a Covid-19 outbreak which has seen several of their players test positive for it. Tottenham came off worse as their matches against Stade Rennes and Brighton and Hove Albion were postponed.
Antonio Conte and his side were recently involved in a double training session as they race against time to regain their fitness ahead of the game. However, things could still change if there are new coronavirus cases within their camp.
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Having missed a couple of games, we would need to use the time as efficiently as possible to get back the match sharpness. We were showing some real improvements before the outbreak, and we would need to work twice as hard, having lost our momentum.
As for Evans’ absence, Leicester have fared well for much of the season without the likes of top defenders such as James Justin and Wesley Fofana. But with Evans now suffering an injury after Jannik Vestergaard and Filip Benkovic testing positive for Covid, it remains to be seen what centre-backs they go with for the game against Spurs.