Injury News: Dennis Praet doubtful for Tottenham Hotspur clash, claims Brendan Rodgers
Speaking to reporters ahead of Leicester City’s Premier League clash against Tottenham Hotspur this weekend, Brendan Rodgers claimed that Dennis Praet could miss the upcoming game.
Asked to give an update on the fitness status of his team, the former Liverpool and Swansea City manager said (h/t official Leicester City club website):
“Dennis Praet has been out for a few days, but he should come back in tomorrow and should be okay. Apart from that, everyone was okay. It’s just his foot. He’s had an ongoing issue for a little while.”
The Northern Irishman revealed that the 28-year-old central midfielder is only returning to training. This implies that Praet may not be match-fit by the time Spurs and Leicester face each other at N17 tomorrow.
“He’s tried to play through it, but he’s been off for a few days to allow that to recover. He was out on the pitches with our rehabilitation team today and he should be okay.”
The Foxes have had a disappointing start to the season. They are bottom of the league with just one point from six league games, and Rodgers’ job could be under serious threat if this rancid run continues.
And that is why he would want his best players to be available for each game his team plays. Praet isn’t really a first-team regular and has only 82 minutes of league football this season.
It is likely that the Belgian midfielder wouldn’t have started against the Lilywhites even if he was fit. Right-back Ricardo Pereira is a long-term absentee after suffering an Achilles injury this summer.
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The Foxes can play Timothy Castagne or James Justin in his place. As for their midfielders, Rodgers still has quality options, with the likes of Youri Tielemans, Boubakary Soumare, Wilfred Ndidi, James Maddison and Kiernan Drewsbury-Hall all fit and ready to start.