James Maddison could return from injury against Manchester City on Saturday in the Premier League, his manager Brendan Rodgers confirmed, as the hosts look to strengthen their top four powers.
Maddison is almost ready to return
England’s International has been sidelined with a thigh problem since mid-February, eventually eliminating him from last month’s international hiatus in a potential blow to his hopes of making Gareth Southgate’s squad for Euro 2020. Foxes boss Brendan Rodgers says James is almost ready to return to the field, giving his side a big push as they continue to fight Manchester United, Chelsea and West Ham in a tough race for the Champions League dock.
He still has a way
He is back in training and will be available over the weekend, so this is great news for them, the 48-year-old told his pre-match press conference. Obviously he doesn’t fit 100 percent, but in terms of his football fitness, he looks great. “In the last few weeks he has been working with the team, with the players that we have, and he has stepped up that. He doesn’t report pain and looks great. This is really good news for us, his availability is back on the roster, and hopefully he could stay in position for the rest of the season, he said.
Brendan also reported that Harvey Barnes, another Hopeful Three Lions whose prospects have seemingly been undermined by injury, is making solid headway, but still somewhat of a return to action. “He still has a way,” added Brendan. They cannot rush to his words. Even when he comes back, like all injured players, he is not going to scour back to the level he was at. He also added that he is making really good progress, is working very hard, and is confident that at some point before the end of the season he will play his part.
The Leicester are third in the Premier League, one point behind second-placed United and five points behind fourth-ranked Chelsea. With three wins and a draw in the last five games, the Foxes are in relatively great shape as they look to claim the best Premier League finish since their 2016 title triumph. To do this, they must first face the city side, which turned its season from a perplexed start, to escape at the summit and emerge as true contenders for an unprecedented quadruple.