Wesley Fofana returns for Leicester after missing 5 matches through injury


LEICESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 08: Wesley Fofana of Leicester City during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Wolverhampton Wanderers at The King Power Stadium on November 08, 2020 in Leicester, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Tim Keeton - Pool/Getty Images)

Fofana returns to Leicester squad

Brendan Rodgers has been given a big boost with the return of French defender Wesley Fofana to the matchday squad for Leicester City’s league bout against Burnley.

The young Frenchman, who was brought in from St Etienne during the summer, has missed the last five matches with a thigh strain. Whilst he is unable to start the match against Burnley, with the Northern Irish coach preferring a back three of Caglar Soyuncu, Wilfrid Ndidi and Daniel Amartey, his presence will be a reassuring sight.

Rodgers will be hoping many of his first team squad will return quickly to avoid a similar end-of-season slump to their previous campaign.

Meanwhile, Ashley Barnes misses out once again for Burnley whose squad is nearly at full strength for Sean Dyche.

Hints of Fofana return

Rogers hinted that Fofana could return to the team soon.

“We’ll have a look at that, he trained with the group on Monday. It’s just about weighing up the risk really. He’s obviously been out for a period of time with his hamstring so we’ll assess it. He looked fantastic in training on Monday,” he said in the press conference ahead of the match with Burnley.

Wesley Fofana returns for Leicester after missing 5 matches through injury

LEICESTER, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 04: Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers celebrates after the Premier League match between Leicester City and Watford FC at The King Power Stadium on December 04, 2019 in Leicester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

“If it’s not Wednesday then there could be a big possibility for the weekend. It’s no more or no less caution than before. You’ll always have the player’s welfare to think about.

“Of course we have a number of injuries but we always try to ensure that when the players come back they are always ready to be with us for a period of time. It’s just really unfortunate but we have to deal with it.”

Rodgers is still without Jonny Evans, James Maddison, Ayoze Perez, Harvey Barnes and Dennis Praet.

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This article was edited by Robert Fosterman.

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