Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall is available for selection in the Boxing Day clash with Newcastle United, but manager Brendan Rodgers has confirmed that Leicester City will be without another player for the coming weeks.
– Leicester City host Newcastle United at the King Power Stadium on Boxing Day (kick-off 15.00 GMT)
– Foxes manager Brendan Rodgers has spoken about his team’s fitness
– Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall is in contention to appear, but James Maddison will be assessed
– There is also news on Jonny Evans, Ricardo Pereira, James Justin, Ryan Bertrand and Will Alves
Dewsbury-Hall picked up a minor calf problem in a behind-the-doors friendly with Sheffield United during the FIFA World Cup break, which kept him out of action 3-0 win at MK Dons in the Carabao Cup. James MaddisonHowever, can miss the clash with Newcastle, when John Evans also out.
“Kiernan is fine,” Rodgers told the media at the LCFC Training Ground on Saturday. “He only hurt his calf in the Sheffield United game that we played behind closed doors, but he’s recovered and he trained yesterday and today so he’s fine.”
Maddison (knee) will be assessed before the visit of Eddie Howe’s Magpies, but Evans (calf) is expected to miss that game. The Club Captain was replaced at the start of another season mid-season against the French outfit Troyes earlier this month.
“We will give them every opportunity to see where they are [Maddison’s] the,” the Foxes manager added. “He has had some active problems with his knee for a little while, so we will only assess that over the next couple of days.
“He has been consistent for 18 months now. Hopefully, nobody doubts his talent. We will get him fit and I am sure we will see him reach the same level. Jonny Evans is not very good. He was injured. against Troyes. This problem with the calf so unfortunately he will be out for a while.”
Ricardo Pereira (Achilles), on the other hand, continues to recover, just like that James Justin (Achilles). The latter was injured for some time after Ricardo, but both worked with the Club’s medical team on their return to action. There is also an update on it Ryan Bertrand (knee).
“[Ricardo’s] “It’s very good,” Rodgers explained. JJ also works behind the scenes, doing his power work.
“Ryan’s out on the field now. He’s still not close to playing but he’s progressed from inside to outside, so that’s a good sign.”
Rodgers also wants youngsters It will be Alves also after the Academy star was ruled out for the rest of 2022/23 with an ACL injury suffered during the FA Youth Cup win in Wolves U18 earlier this week. A day earlier, the talented midfielder starred off the bench for City’s senior side at MK Dons.
“We have one that is very sad for us,” said the manager. “We lost one of our young talents, Will Alves. It’s a shame for a young player who is 17 and making his way in the game, making a mark. and round.
“Hopefully he’ll recover quickly and he’ll be back. It’s probably going to be the rest of the season, so the rehab will start now over the next couple of weeks and he’ll have surgery after that.”
Work continues for Leicester’s players in the coming days, with the squad on Christmas Day to prepare for Boxing Day action.
“We’re going to have Christmas training,” Rodgers said. “We’ve had a break and the players have worked really hard and done a really good job too. We’re back to normal preparations. We’ll come here to finalize our plans and then we’re looking forward to the game on Boxing Day.”