Leicester's James Maddison ready to return after a month out injured
Leicester handed major fitness boost ahead of clash with Manchester City as James Maddison is ready to return after a month out with a hip problem
- James Maddison will be fit to return for Leicester’s clash with Manchester City
- The 24-year-old has been sidelined with a hip injury suffered at Aston Villa
- Brendan Rodgers says he ‘looks great’ ahead of the visit of Pep Guardiola’s side
James Maddison will be fit to return for Leicester’s Premier League clash with leaders Manchester City on Saturday.
The 24-year-old has been sidelined with a hip injury suffered against Aston Villa on February 24 and missed England’s three World Cup qualifiers in March.
But the attacking midfielder returned to full training during the international window and manager Brendan Rodgers says he ‘looks great’ ahead of the visit of Pep Guardiola’s side.
James Maddison will be fit to return for Leicester’s Premier League clash with Manchester City
The 24-year-old has been out with a hip injury suffered against Aston Villa on February 24
‘It’s great news for us,’ Rodgers said. ‘Clearly he’s not 100 per cent match fit but in terms of his football fitness he looks great.
‘In the last few weeks he’s been working with the players we’ve had available and he’s stepped that up.
‘He’s not reporting any pain and he looks great. Hopefully he can stay fit until the end of the season.’
Leicester beat Manchester City 5-2 back in September, but City have since built a 14-point cushion at the top of the table and Rodgers is sure his side will be playing the champions this weekend.
‘I don’t think there’s any doubt they will go on and win the league,’ he said.
Foxes manager Brendan Rodgers says he ‘looks great’ ahead of the visit of Pep Guardiola’s side
‘We, of course, want to make it as difficult as possible but their level of consistency over a long period this season sees them out in front and if they go on and win it, they’ll be very deserving.
‘But all the teams they have to play want to make sure they have to fight for it and they have to earn it.’
Leicester sit third, 15 points adrift of City but more importantly seven better off than fifth-placed West Ham in the battle for Champions League places.
‘We just look to the next game,’ Rodgers said when asked if he had a points target. ‘The players have been brilliant in keeping their focus and playing very well.
‘We just go into each game. Let’s see where we are after the 30th game, but we want to at least be in that top four.’
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