Here’s the latest team news as Liverpool travel to play Leicester City. The Reds’ opponents will be without several first-team options.
The latest news for Leicester City suggests they’ll be without five first team players against Liverpool today.
James Justin went off in the FA Cup win over Brighton on Wednesday. The full-back jarred his knee on a landing and required a stretcher to leave the pitch.
And while Brendan Rodgers was initially hopeful of nothing serious, it turns out Justin damaged his ACL.
“Sadly, for JJ, the scan hasn’t shown up so well, which is a massive blow for us,” said Rodgers, per the Leicester official site. “He looks like he’s done his ACL, which is a devastating blow for us because he’s been incredible since he came into the team last year.”
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Justin has started every Premier League game this season, playing a variety of positions. This one is a real hit to Leicester’s plans.
Dennis Praet hasn’t had the finest of seasons and likely wouldn’t have started this one.
Still, he’s another option down for Leicester – and not the last.
We think Wesley Fofana is great, so this is a bonus for Liverpool. Especially as it’s another key defender missing for the Foxes.
Fofana has started 16 Premier League games this season, usually finishing the full 90. He’s a magnificent talent for a 20-year-old, really.
Leicester are worse off without him.
Leicester won’t miss Timothy Castagne as much as they would have done a little while ago. Now Ricardo Pereira is able to play full matches, the Belgian isn’t quite as needed.
But then, Castagne could have been an option at left-back as Justin is out. Whoscored has him down as playing the role three times this season.
So that’s a definite blow to Rodger’s backup plan. Again, their defence is limited.
There was no chance that Morgan was going to feature even if he was fit. So no real effect here.
Still, it’s yet another defender missing for Leicester.
Wow, another defensive injury crisis. Okay, it’s not quite on Liverpool’s level but it does make things easier for Liverpool.
Leicester will have to reshuffle their backline a little. Their problems at left-back could help Mohamed Salah, too.
The game is more even than a lot of Liverpool games this season, then. It’ll be an interesting one and the Reds certainly have reasons to be hopeful of getting a result.